News and notes from around the interweb:
- American’s partnership with JetSmart is live, in the form of a codeshare. So far you only earn AAdvantage miles when booking American-coded JetSmart flights, which I’d be reluctant to do until we the codeshare partnership working seamlessly in practice. American has invested in the airline and eventually AAdvantage becomes its loyalty program which is pretty interesting.
- Expanded access for top elites at the New York JFK Chelsea lounge. When this lounge opened British Airways Gold Guest List members had access even on U.S. domestic flights, but this was paired back to match the more limited access given to American Airlines ConciergeKey members.
I believe this applies any flight operated by AA to/from Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean
— 🇺🇦 JonNYC 🇺🇦 (@xJonNYC) June 9, 2023
- CEO Alan Joyce sold shares into Qantas buyback. Stock buybacks don’t raise share price in any lasting way but there can be a brief bump, and executives selling their own shares into a buyback raises questions about how they’re deploying shareholder cash – whether they’re using that cash to buy shares versus invest in the business for reasons that involve conflict of interest. In all likelihood it’s mere appearance of impropriety, rather than actual ethical lapse.
- “Would you eat this”
— Veronica Birkenstock (@vtbirkenstock) June 8, 2023
- Alaska Airlines launching Hawaii flight from Paine Field
- With Hyatt acquiring Mr. and Mrs. Smith Hotels, IHG One Rewards members can no longer make new bookings but existing reservations (including points redemptions) will be honored.