News and notes from around the interweb:
- Newly formed Putin Airways to undertake a round the world non-stop commercial flight CAPA Centre for Aviation humor. We know what happens to your elite status if you behave badly on board Aeroflot could you imagine what happens if you behave badly on Putin Airways?
- Japan Airlines doesn’t want employees to drink for the rest of the year
- 7 things you may not know about Avios the currency of British Airways, Iberia, and Aer Lingus.
- When Marriott makes award space available, and differences between the app and website
- In the U.S. the Durbin Amendment to Dodd Frank financial reform legislation killed debit card rewards. Debit cards are no longer a profit center for banks, so they don’t pay you to run transactions through their system or compete for that slice of business. (Without debit card profits, checking accounts are no longer so profitable, hence minimum balance and direct deposit requirements for fee-free checking have become common — and many have been shut out of the banking system which is why I was once so enthusiastic about American Express’ Bluebird.)
Meanwhile in the UAE a new debit card earns up to 5 Emirates miles per US dollar spent with earning based on how much money cardmembers have in the bank’s savings account.
- Passenger asks an Emirates flight attendant to marry him, and she says yes. (They were already in a relationship, natch.)