News and notes from around the interweb:
- Alaska Airlines elites no longer lose their ability to upgrade on American Airlines flights when booking the flight as an Alaska codeshare.
- Avis, not Hertz this time. But you and I would never get access to airport security cameras or be able to have police launch an investigation. As Mel Brooks said, it’s good to be king. (HT: Jonathan W.)
After renting a vehicle for a few days in January, Rep. Wendell Gilliard (D-Charleston County) received a bill for more than $20,000 in damage. Gilliard said that he returned the car on time without a scratch, according to the report. When he couldn’t find answers from Avis-Budget officials, Gilliard reached out to the Charleston International Airport and Charleston County Aviation Authority Police.
After looking at security cameras and launching an investigation, airport police discovered that several rental cars had been reported stolen. According to a police report, an Avis-Budget employee was suspected of taking the car without logging it back in after Gilliard returned it. Then the employee caused $20,000 worth of damage to the vehicle.
- Washington Dulles looks to use federal infrastructure funds to replace regional concourse the 14 gate project replaces concourse A:
Passengers who now fly out of Concourse A use outdoor, ground-level covered walkways to board flight leaving from regional A gates. In the new concourse, those gates would be replaced with jet bridges in a 400,000-square-foot building with other amenities, including a pet-relief area, new restrooms, concessions and larger seating areas.
The proposed concourse would move to atop an existing AeroTrain stop, which would eliminate the need for passengers to walk long distances or take a shuttle bus to their gates.
- Couple is suing Airbnb after being filmed during private time in a vacation rental and a court rules they’re subject to Airbnb’s terms of service which require an arbitrator to decide the path of the complaint.
- St. Louis restaurant stands up to LA influencer after turning down the influencer’s request for $100 in food and then receiving a negative review.
- The United Airlines Four Pillars Strategy