News notes from around the interweb:
- You can earn IHG Rewards Club points (that count towards status) for OpenTable restaurant reservations. It’s 150 points for most bookings worth 75 cents if you go through this version of the site. (HT: Head for Points)
- Pardoned turkey earns IHG Rewards Club points on their first stay at an Intercontinental. I’d note that the IHG terms do not appear to limit membership to homo sapiens.
— Phil Tenser (@pstenser) November 25, 2019
- Qantas considering new long-term loyalty features
- Aegean has devalued its Star Alliance award chart without notice. They’ve offered some cheap awards, albeit with restrictive routing rules and fuel surcharges. Award pricing has gone up as much as 25% in some cases, though the program still offers awards for fewer points than many other programs.
- Aeroplan has had a separate elite status, apart from Air Canada’s status (Altitude) program. It recognized people earning points in the program, not flying. With Air Canada re-acquiring the frequent flyer program, and preparing to relaunch it, the separate Aeroplan elite program goes away – status earned will be recognized through 2020 (and there will be no more earning of the status after 2019).
- United is closing its San Francisco arrivals lounge. Most US airlines don’t have dedicated arrivals lounges in the U.S., though passengers connecting off of an international flight can use showers (American and Delta clubs, American and United business class lounges). However customers terminating after international flights don’t have this option, and won’t on United in San Francisco any longer.