News notes from around the interweb:
- American Airlines Admirals Club wifi password taunts us with what could have been. American has cancelled plans to serve Philadelphia – Casablanca.
— Christopher Aiello (@caiello) July 21, 2020
- Chase says they’re tightening access to credit and that online card spend is up around 50% year-over-year (while overall spend is down slightly).
- London City airport will finally get lounges
- Airbnb suggests making a donation to the owner of a property you’ve stayed at in the past
- While Marriott is mandating guests wear masks while indoors on property worldwide, Hyatt is out with its mask requirement and it applies to the U.S. and Canada only.
- It’s understandable why Europe is concerned about U.S. travelers but there’s no good reason for the U.S. to fear letting Europeans in or maintaining the ban on people who have been to China recently.
Four U.S. and European airline CEOs want reciprocal lifting of travel restrictions with Covid-19 testing. Testing is imperfect and has been difficult to scale (which is why the FDA recently approved pooled testing) though approaches like daily spit tests (which could cost $1-$5 per person per day) linked to an app is one approach that could open up life far beyond transatlantic travel.
Four airline CEOs — two from Europe and two from the US — have written leaders asking them to reopen Transatlantic air travel. I understand why they want it, but let’s remember the U.S. is still a mess on COVID-19. Hard to see a European appetite for this, right? pic.twitter.com/9PrQMykcbE
— Brian Sumers (@BrianSumers) July 21, 2020