News notes from around the interweb:
- Land side shops at DFW airport aren’t doing much business and will be allowed to exit their leases or limit their hours.
- The first Loren Hotel in the U.S. is coming to Austin with views of Town Lake from every room.
- As China’s debt-laden HNA Group sheds assets they want to keep the aviation businesses. If you want to understand how they grew so quickly, snatching up assets and major shares in companies like Hilton and Deutsche Bank, look no further than the relationship with HNA Chairman Chen Feng and Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan.
- Australia’s government says loyalty program terms are confusing and programs use data in ways consumers don’t realize or like (in practice though most people give their consent for a few miles…).
- Expedia’s CEO is out, here’s what may have gone wrong.
Expedia Employees Wish Departing CEO Goodbye Through Dance, credit: Flickr: Juggernautco
- As I’ve continued to fly, American has again lowered the price they’re asking for me to buy back my Executive Platinum status. Last year they went from $2645 to $1895. This year my price started at $2695 and is now down to $1445. I have another trip on American booked, that’ll push me over the top, so I don’t need to do this. But as I get closer to re-qualifying the prices are getting less and less crazy (though I have less and less need).