News and notes from around the interweb:
- 2500 bonus American miles every 2nd Marriott stay, up to 50,000 miles for stays between February 1 and April 30. Registration required. The offer details say it’s targeted, but everyone I checked with has received it (and you’ll know if the offer shows up in your account once you register).
- Immediately after getting some heat, Virgin Australia has decided to eliminate fuel surcharges on its U.S. flights (though it will raise paid fares most of the way back to compensate). Delta stopped adding fuel surcharges to Virgin Australia two years ago. They’re a Starwood Preferred Guest transfer partner as well, though you have to use an eligible address to join the program.
- New York JFK’s $50 million ‘terminal for animals’ known as ‘The Ark at JFK’.
- Air India flight delayed because fight broke out in the cockpit. (HT: Alan H.)
- Alaska Mileage Plan head: elites are less than 5% of members, and most popular international redemption partner is Emirates.
- The former Chair of President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisors studied internal Uber data and found that most drivers already had jobs, and driving for Uber was a new opportunity – paying more than traditional taxi drivers make.