News and notes from around the interweb:
- United is ending its Tokyo – Seoul route in late October and 3 Boeing 737s will be transferred out of Guam reducing the size of the Guam hub.
- Selling miles at a discount is big profit
“It’s consistent with trends across the industry to monetize virtually everything,” said Gary Leff, a miles expert and blogger.
…Leff said he has discussed the basic economics of selling miles with a senior executive at one of the programs. That airline executive is OK with customers who buy a hundreds thousand or more miles and use them to redeem free flights in business and first class that might otherwise cost $5,000 or more, Leff said. Even on those transactions, the airline makes a profit, according to the executive.
“He basically says, ‘We have done the math — we make money selling miles at a higher price than it costs to redeem the miles,” Leff said. “That’s even true knowing that the miles are going to be used for more expensive awards.”
- Park Hyatt Beaver Creek sold for $766,000 per key
- Much of the US business of Gulf carriers is flying passengers beyond to India, Pakistan, and the surrounding region. So it’s no surprise that Air India has seen its US bookings double since the laptop ban.
- Hacker sentenced for taking down the British Airways website (for an hour)
- DHS Secretary: No imminent attacks planned against aviation, suspected terrorists just ‘talk’ about aviation, and that’s why we may expand the electronics ban to more airports.
“It’s real. I think it’s getting realer, so to speak,” Kelly said. “We may take measures in the not-too-distant future to expand the number of airports.”
We know on any given day, there are dozens of cells that are talking about aviation, and you just watch them over time and see if they develop and they go from talking to actually doing something.
- New Emirates video detailing their electronics handling service for US-bound #electronicsban flights: (HT: YHBU)