News and notes from around the interweb:
- $400 bonus for opening a no monthly fee Capital One checking account requires 2 payroll direct deposits totaling at least $1000 within 60 days of account opening. Offer expires January 26, 2021.
- The twitter team may be the last to know, but Alaska Airlines says no Mileage Plan devaluation in 2021 thanks to the pandemic. But what will award charts look like once they join oneworld March 31? They really should tell us that now.
I think you will be waiting for a while, my friend. I don't see any shoe drops on the horizon. To use a real estate analogy, 2021 will be an #avgeeks market. -Michael
— Alaska Airlines (@AlaskaAir) December 11, 2020
- The MAKS Air Show will take place in July, it’s basically an outdoor event and the Sputnik vaccine looks pretty good except that people taking it are supposed to give up alcohol for two months…
- So QAnon is planning a cruise in April, departing from New York.
- The outgoing CEO of Emirates says that tech innovations will drive in-person contact, so business travel will fully recover I don’t think he’s correct, but I like to share countervailing views.
No, I would say the converse. What has happened as a result of being locked down, as a result of having to engage in (online communication) networks, whether it be Zoom or (Microsoft) Teams, I saw it in the mid ’90s, when we digitized the global economy and all these tools came to market. The digital world ruled, the age of information came along, and everybody said, ‘you know what’s going to happen? We’re not really going to travel anymore.’
The converse happened. Between 1995, and 2015 to 2018, the demand for business travel grew exponentially. The more they (people) interacted, the more they traveled. As we get back to normal, as the economy is strengthened, as cash starts flowing back into the businesses that have been affected, we’ll start to see business travel bounce back, and we’ll see it grow. It will not slow down.
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