News and notes from around the interweb:
- Chicago, Denver, New York and St. Louis – Europe for just 55,000 Lufthansa miles roundtrip in business class
- Dispirited Australia: after losing the trust of the nation, can the Qantas brand bounce back?
- IHG hotels no longer have to provide club access to guests upgraded to club floors unless they’ve claimed the club access membership as a 40 or 70 elite night benefit
- Some places aren’t actually great to visit Nomadic Matt is right on Milan, wrong on Doha. You won’t go back over and over to Qatar, but it’s absolutely worth going once for the Museum of Islamic Art. Even beyond the artifacts, the building itself is art!
- Structure of airline contracts could stand in the way of offering free inflight internet increasingly airlines have been paying ‘per session’ rather than buying metered or flat-fee capacity.
Relative to the per-session model, specifically, [Intelsat SVP, commercial Dave] Bijur warned: “I do think that it leaves the airline exposed to a certain extent. If the whole thing goes free, and I don’t know that it will — I don’t personally think it will — but if the whole thing does go free and you’re an airline, do you really want to be paying by the session? I don’t think so. I don’t think you want to pay by the MB either. I think you pay a flat fee and I think that works.”