BA’s First Class Upgrade Promotion and Victoria’s Secret Model Sues Over Bed Bugs

News and notes from around the interweb:

  • 100% bonus converting Radisson points to United the regular ratio is 10:1 and this makes it 5:1. However there was a time many years ago when the everyday ratio was 4:1…

  • Scott McCartney’s Wall Street Journal ‘Middle Seat’ column exposes the fuel surcharge scam. If they were fuel surcharges legally they would have to be related to the cost of fuel, so airlines now just call them ‘carrier-imposed surcharges’ they are fees for no particular purpose whatsoever. They’re just a tax.

    When European carriers introduced the charges in about 2008, as oil prices jumped, Scott Nason, then a pricing executive at American Airlines , recalls discussing the idea and rejecting it as unethical. “We made a firm decision not to go there,” he says. “It is a mechanism that the European carriers devised to charge cash on ‘free tickets,’ ” says Mr. Nason, president of SDN TT&H Consulting, based in the Dallas area.

  • 8 foods that are unacceptable on a plane. Allow me to add Chinese takeout.

  • British Airways buy business roundtrip, fly first in one direction promotion is back for UK residents, excluding Los Angeles and San Francisco flights among others, and the cheapest business fares are excluded.

  • Victoria’s Secret model is suing over bed bugs at the Embassy Suites Palm Desert which she says affected her modeling career. You can’t really pose without much clothing until the bed bug bites heal.

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  1. The BA First class seat in your picture looks smaller than the majority of the business class seats on other airlines.

  2. Sorry but Sushi is perfectly acceptable. What the author describes in their “worst case scenario” is the kind of behavior only folks who probably shouldn’t be eating sushi in the first place practice. I haven’t taken Sushi on a plane, mainly because it’s hard to find quality sushi at an airport that makes it worthwhile to bring it on a plane. But I have taken several varieties of Poke and that didn’t cause a problem at all.

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