News and notes from around the interweb:
- Starwood is trying to cancel its agreements with the Parker Meridien hotels in New York and Palm Springs after the properties allegedly faked accounting records and guests in order to claim over $1 million in payments from SPG. (HT: @Jamison)
I stayed here a few months back and it definitely needs some investment. It used to be one of the best redemption values in SPG, back when it was a ‘category 5’ hotel. Not so great as category 6. Soon to be category nothing.
- When Qantas and Emirates struck their partnership on routes between Australia and Europe via Dubia — much to the chagrin especially of oneworld alliance partner British Airways — they specifically didn’t partner on Qantas’ pacific routes between Australia and the U.S.
Emirates would like to change that (HT: Alan H.) and in particular wants to offer its own Airbus A380 service from Dubai to Los Angeles and coordinate flight times with Qantas’ A380 service such that it would be possible to fly around the world on nothing but an A380. Which strikes me as ‘very Emirates’ (‘wouldn’t that be cool?’ rather than just ‘wouldn’t that be profitable?’).
It’s not clear that Qantas needs a boost on such routes, or that Emirates helps them uniquely there, but the two airlines are BFFs these days.
- Registration is now open for Starwood’s first quarter promotion.
- Through June 30 Virgin Australia is offering elite status credit on award travel.