Delta’s High-Income Travel Secret: How Much Do Your Fellow Flyers Make? [Roundup]

News and notes from around the interweb:

  • Orlando airport seeks to break promise to protect a lake ‘forever’ as critics fear a development ploy

  • Lists of best hotel bars in the world are usually silly, because the person collating the list generally hasn’t been to (any of) them.

    You can pick a rather dark bar with history and proximity to something important, like at the Driskill in Austin, a beach bar (hard to go wrong in the Maldives), and a ‘speakeasy’ and call it good. At least choose ones you’ve been to!

  • With bulk wall-mounted toiletries at so many hotels, it’s hard to wash your hair at home those hotel shampoos were a great reminder of the brand. I love Park Hyatt Tokyo in part because I discovered Aesop there. Byredo Mojave Ghost makes me think of Crockfords Las Vegas (full sized bottles, sadly locked down).

  • Will Alaska Airlines acquiring Hawaiian constitute a default in the latter’s cargo agreement with Amazon?

  • Dedicated TSA line for undocumented immigrants without ID?

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    1. Income of business travelers is irrelevant because most of the money being spent is other people’s money. I make around $75,000 but benefit from about $40,000 a year in travel on work’s expense. At most, I spend about $3,000 of my own money every year on travel. I do around 225 nights in a hotel. As a result, I have no house or mortgage. I pay utilities for the mother-in-law unit above the garage at my cousin’s house by the airport.

    2. Just now realizing the sheer amount of human trafficking being done by US carriers Gary? Those GSA contracts have the carriers bent over a barrel to say the least. What’s even better is inside security at TUS, there are placards all over regarding human trafficking. The Breitbart article forgot to mention these illegals are all dressed in odd donation bin clothing and many have cell phones, most are younger males, and the “families” are anything but.

    3. The report says “Households with $100,000 or more in annual income” but the story headline says “people with incomes over $100,000” indicating individual incomes. With both people in a relationship living together and working, a household income of $100,000 is not from a special group these days.

    4. @jns – $100,000 salary for an individual isn’t that much today. There are jobs that start people right out of school at more than that.

    5. @AC, and people whine about not having enough to buy a house. They took the wrong subjects in college or did not become a plumber, an electrician or an electric power line worker after going to trade school.

    6. Households of $100k not individuals

      There are plenty of OPM flyers who think that “they” spend 50k on airfare, but its all OPM.

      A lot of OPM flyers done actually make anywhere close to 100k lol, usually the ones who flaunt their airline status to cover up for the misery of making very little for a lot of time away from home

    7. That Breitbart article was bad, but the comments were even worse. As Gary has pointed out numerous times in the past, it is possible to fly commercially without ID, in this case they just set up a line specifically for people without IDs who were also not a US citizen, so as to not inconvenience the people in other lines with the alternate procedures used for identification people without IDs. While the article complains about people not having any picture ID, I’m sure the US has plenty of pictures of the people processed, and that TSA has access to those pictures.

    8. @Tax Paying Citizen: Above what law? There’s no law that you need photo ID to fly, that’s just the quickest way through security.

      With facial recognition technology what it is today, TSA may even have a better Idea who is going through the no-ID line pulling racial recognition from federal databases that include photos from border crossings / immigration arrests than they do for people presenting pieces of plastic from state governments.

      The separate line also allows them to have equipment in the relevant spot to CAPTURE facial images too.

      End of the day, everybody is going through the screening anyway.

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