News and notes from around the interweb:
- Amex Fights Back Against Credit-Card Churners (HT: THEsocalledfan)
- Republicans and Democrats in Congress both go after TSA for withholding information and retaliating against whistleblowers. Meanwhile The President is Considering TSA Budget Cuts, Higher Fees on Airline Passengers to Help Pay for Border Wall
- Qatar says they’ll set up an airline in India with 100 planes
- The winner of World of Hyatt Globalist status is Marty. The winner was picked by another blogger who does not currently have Globalist status.
I am in the process of planning a trip around the world with my family to celebrate my wife’s 50th birthday. We currently have Hyatt reservations booked at GH Hong Kong, GH Singapore and then returning home through Europe with stops in Cologne, Amsterdam, and Paris.
We are also planning several trips during the summer and winter which will include Hyatt stays all over North America.
Globalist status would make all of these trips unforgettable since it would open doors to many possible upgrades, access to lounges, and late checkouts. I also have family members that love to travel with us and the status would benefit them greatly since it would allow me to book Guest of Honor reservations at Hyatt hotels with all the bells and whistles. My nieces and nephews would think the world of me
- Whoops — pilots sharing selfies with bored women inflight
- An architect’s view on taking the torture out of flying (by improving airports) (HT: Tyler Cowen)
He admires Washington Dulles. That’s self-refuting. In any case passengers aren’t the customers for an airport, they’re the product.
We get the airports we do for a reason. Dallas Fort-Worth removed the moving walkways that help people get where they’re going quickly from their new international terminal. They don’t want people making a straight line for their gate, and once you get on the walkway you don’t wander into the stores along the way. Airports take a percentage of sales as part of their leases. And the major airline tenant in an airport shares in that revenue. Chicago O’Hare similarly removed walkways from the United terminal.
- With Hilton’s changes, as I’ve written, there are fewer very low value hotel redemptions but there are also very few higher value redemptions. I’ve long valued their points at 0.4 cents apiece. Now you’ll rarely get more value than that. Sad!