New and notes from around the interweb:
- With Delta de-hubbing Tokyo Narita, their Asia-based flight attendants lose their jobs. They’ll be closing the Tokyo flight attendant base and offering transfers to the Customer Engagement Center (reservations) at Narita. These are some of the best crew in the Delta system.
- How did I miss the drama at Aimia which used to own Aeroplan and still owns 49% of Aeromexico’s frequent flyer program?
- When will the Boeing 737 MAX return to service? Expert opinion is split, December – March
- UK man denied a passport because his name is potentially offensive
- MGM is suing the federal government to overturn approval for a competitor casino to open in Connecticut. They don’t want competition. But if they lose maybe they can just make up the difference with higher resort fees.
- Marriott now lets you track their airport shuttle using their online app [WSJ] at 15 hotels (across 4 airports) with plans to extend to 200 hotels by end of year. Did you just miss the shuttle, or is it about to get here? That’s the age old question we all have and ringing the front desk rarely gets you a truthful answer.
Marriott assures that “the tracker was developed by a different group inside Marriott separate from the technology group working on the [SPG] integration.”
If the tracker is available at your hotel, you’ll see it listed with the amenities on the app. To use the tracker, you do have to be a member of Marriott’s loyalty program and book directly at Marriott or through a corporate travel manager—the service doesn’t extend to bookings made through online travel agencies.