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News and notes from around the interweb:
- Last week I highlighted that Platinum Card by American Express now gets you access to Escape lounges in Hartford, Minneapolis and Oakland airports. I thought it was strange, I knew the Minneapolis lounge was already linked via Priority Pass. It all makes sense now as Nick Roosevelt finds a sign in the Minneapolis Escape lounge that they’re leaving Priority Pass June 14.
- Already-devalued Malaysia Airlines Enrich, a Citibank ThankYou Rewards transfer partner, is going revenue-based June 10 and gutting partner awards. I guess it’s a thank you for customer loyalty when the airline needed it most. Here’s a good synopsis of the changes.
Worth noting, Malaysia will be eliminating fuel surcharges when redeeming for their flights at the same time, though this is something Singapore Airlines did without the same bloodletting. I’d be far less unhappy, though, if I could redeem miles for their onboard satay which is excellent.
- Travel agency debit memos are increasing and an apparent cause is an increase in credit card chargebacks. A working theory is that credit card EMV chips have shifted even more fraud online.
- Alitalia 20% off through Tuesday if you can jump through hoops and the flights work for you there’s real savings.
- “How Brett Ratner Learned To Love The Hotel Du Crap — Cannes” (HT: Alan H.)
- Collection of Vintage Airline Posters (HT: Alan H.) Reminds me I’m not sure I ever shared how much I love Duke University’s digital repository of historical advertising, there are great collections from the big airlines dating to the 40s and 50s.