News and notes from around the interweb:
- El Al blocking business class award space for partner airline redemption which is a blow to one of the decent uses of Qantas points.
- A case of Delta dynamically pricing partner awards 161,000 miles one way to the Maldives??
- Tata Group launched Air India, before it was nationalized in 1953. Now Tata Sons – which owns 51% of Vistara and AirAsia India – may take Air India private again.
Air India Boeing 777-200LR, Copyright: boarding1now / 123RF Stock Photo
- Amex will open a bigger lounge in Sydney this month
- Amtrak’s new dining car is a huge disappointment. Amtrak loses hundreds of millions on food and beverage, which is insane. They claimed to be making changes because packaged low quality meals are what millennials want, but the truth is they want to stop the bleeding – which they won’t actually do as long as they continue operating long distance trains.
- What defenders of long distance Amtrak travel think and argue. Amtrak was intended to be a national provider when it was created in 1971 (no attention paid to whether it should be); Northeast trains aren’t as profitable as Amtrak claims (so if a couple bucks of subsidy go to each passenger, we should just debate who gets the subsidy and send it to rural riders); getting rid of quality on board dining is a conspiracy to depress ridership in order to justify killing long haul service (rather than a reaction to hundreds of millions in losses on dining car offerings).