News and notes from around the interweb:
- American Airlines has applied for blanket authorization to codeshare with IAG-owned Spanish low cost carrier Vueling. Once this goes through we may start to see some interesting connections on paid tickets through Barcelona – and some big surprises for American’s business class customers transferring to Vueling flights. On the other hand maybe they don’t think there’s much of a product difference between American and Vueling these days? At least this will make it possible to earn AAdvantage miles on connecting flights to Spanish resort cities. (No redemption, presumably, at this time.)
- Alaska Airlines lounge in Portland leaves Priority Pass November 1, following the September departure of Seattle lounges. Capers Cafe and Westward Whiskey remain options for Priority Pass cards not issued by American Express.
- Marriott Courtyard has added Beyond Meat to their Bistro Bar menu (HT: margarita girl)
- Big devaluation of intra-Asia Singapore Airlines awards
- American will no longer charge airport ticketing fees on multi-passenger reservations when paper vouchers are being used as part of the payment. If the voucher doesn’t cover all passengers on a reservation American has charged an airport ticketing fee when presenting the voucher in person. Since Monday, October 14 that fee no longer applies to such tickets.
- Delta CEO Ed Bastian reminds us of the importance of taking care of each passenger. This was the intention behind American’s old ‘We Know Why You Fly’ campaign, that each person is their own story.
Notes like this are my favorite. People helping other people because it’s the right thing to do. A nice reminder for us to not become too busy with our own lives and priorities that we forget how to be human.