News and Notable Items from Around the Interweb:
- Lucky points out that Delta isn’t currently adding fuel surcharges to awards on Virgin Australia. This space is even bookable on the Delta website, and offers the best availability in business class Down Under. Getting US domestic connections to Los Angeles to start the trip can always be a challenge with Delta, but remember that flying Alaska Airliens is also an option for some. The best availability on Virgin Australia, especially during peak travel periods, is flying Los Angeles – Brisbane. A great opportunity to grab business class awards to Australia for about $780 less out of pocket than usual.
- Congratulations to Award Wallet on 100,000 members. Award Wallet is the tool I use to track my own miles, it’s free to sign up an lets you update all of your account balances (except for American and Southwest) with a single click and also log into your accounts with one click, once you’ve entered your account information a single time. For a modest fee (your choice the amount, starting at $5 for 6 months) you also get expiration notices for the miles in your accounts.
- Christopher Elliott is frustrated by the high fees charged by rental car companies for using their EZ Pass toll payment devices. I say if you don’t like the fees, don’t use the rental companies’ devices. And eventually price will come down, at least one (of the few remaining!) companies will see offering this less expensively as a competitive advantage.
- Apparently Lufthansa offers first class passengers pre-flight dining in their lounge at Washington Dulles. Common at some bigger stations elsewhere, but not something they featured the last time I flew Lufthansa’s first class out of DC (On points, naturally.). And congratulations to Alex of Points, Miles, and Martinis for his first international first class experience!
- I did try the Uber free taxi thing in New York this morning, but I screwed up. As my own cab was supposed to be pulling up, so did another one. He acknowledged when I asked, “Uber?” and I got in. The ride wasn’t free, and I got a text from the driver who came for me asking where I was. Ooops. No cost to my mistake, but yellow cabs are everywhere it’s something folks will need to be mindful of, black cars are usually easy to spot.
- Precheck worked for me this morning, there’s been much speculation that using a mobile app boarding pass is a factor that works against you but I have a better batting average with my mobile phone than I do with a paper boarding pass. Flight was delayed about an hour, but American’s JFK Flagship Lounge is a decent place to wait out such things, thanks to the Gold status I received from British Airways due to their acquisition of my beloved british midland.