News and notes from around the interweb:
- Really easy entry in my giveaway of 2 business class tickets to celebrate Air Serbia’s launch of service to the US!
- The New York Times asks will Brexit get you a better deal to Europe? I point out deals to Europe have been uncommonly good already.
Current deals, said Gary Leff, the author of the travel blog Viewfromthewing.com, are “a function of some growth in capacity and some of the ultra-low-cost seats on carriers like Norwegian. And it’s what we all expected, with some lag, due to lower fuel prices. It’s been inexpensive, and now it’s inexpensive to be there, thanks to the currency.”
- Brian Sumers reports that Southwest says they are reluctant to follow other large US airlines in seeking greater revenue from customer segmentation. While they’ll soon have the software to do preassigned seating, and thus charge more for premium seats, they’re reluctant to make such a move right away.
Of course, Southwest does already charge more for premium seats through early boarding. Without assigned seats the prime seats go to those who board first, and full fare passengers and those who pay a premium for early boarding get an earlier boarding group than those who simply pounce on checking in as early as possible.
- If you buy a discount first class fare that’s ‘coach with a free upgrade to first’ and then you’re downgraded and want to be able to dispute a portion of the charge with your credit card company you want to have contemporaneous proof of what coach would have cost for your flight.
If an airline stonewalls your attempt to get a refund, appealing to your credit card company may not work. The credit card firms frequently say they can’t issue a partial refund unless they know the difference between the price you paid and the cost of the coach seat. And not any coach seat, they say, but the price of a coach seat on the same day you purchased the premium class ticket that the airline refused to honor.
- Uber is promoting having drivers run errands for you when you’re not in the car, such as picking up a phone you left at a friends house and bringing it to you.
- And this is why we can’t have nice things.
- Bloody $%*#! Anthony Bourdain’s New York City hawker stall project now won’t open until 2019. I’m likely to be hungry before then.