New and notes from around the interweb:
- The Lyft rewards triple dip will become the double dip as JetBlue and Lyft are parting ways September 9.
- Uber and Lyft are trying to raise prices
- Southwest has a lease on 18 of 20 gates at Dallas Love Field but Delta won’t give up the two it’s been using, arguing that leases don’t matter as long as they keep using the gates. (Nevermind that Delta is actually operating just 5 peak daily flights to Atlanta.) The trial over what happens to those gates has been pushed back another 5 months, but the point remains — it was a travesty for the flying public for Southwest and American to collude with the City of Dallas to eliminate 12 gates at the airport.
- Delta shopping portal bonus these are less common than United, American and Alaska shopping portal bonuses.
- How GDPR makes your data more vulnerable
- China Southern will put Recaro seats in all cabins on their Airbus A350. Their new business seat will be the CL6710. You can redeem American miles for flights on China Southern connecting to many destinations in Asia.
- Steven Slater, the JetBlue flight attendant who dramatically peaced out from his job by popping a slide back in 2010, has gone missing in Mexico.
- Higher PFC taxes? I don’t think fees for airport construction and maintenance ought to be limited per se. There’s currently a federal debate over whether the cap on such fees should be increased.
However corrupt and incompetent airport authorities who light money on fire are the worst argument for an increase. Do you really want more money pouring into the hands of the Port Authority of New York New Jersey? The Atlanta Department of Aviation? The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority?
Before raising fees there ought to be some bare minimum showing of responsible stewardship over resources. Of course the major airline at each airport needs to shoulder some responsibility, Delta for instance has fought efforts towards greater accountability at the Atlanta airport. They do quite well with a status quo which among other things assigns new competition at the airport to inferior gates and where incumbent leadership fights against a new area airport.
Houston Intercontinental Terminal D Ticketing Lobby