News notes from around the interweb:
- Delta pilots say the airline is punishing them for saying they’re not prepared to fly after going three months or more without being in the cockpit (the FAA has temporarily loosened ‘recency’ restrictions).
- Cruise company stocks are betting markets on the effectiveness of a vaccine, a vaccine manufacturer might make more money using its knowledge of timing and efficacy to trade travel stocks. If you have inside information that a phase three trial isn’t going well, short the airlines!
- On Tuesday I’ll be talking live online alongside Bob Behrens about the role of loyalty in bringing back travelers. Bob spent 25 years at Marriott, 23 of them with the loyalty program (dating to the Marriott Honored Guest days), as 12 as Vice President. He retired weeks before the Marriott and Starwood programs were merged, and now runs loyalty for PetSmart. Come listen.
- Eastern Airlines 767 Goes For A Dip In The Mud In Guyana
- The airline protocol for after a plane crash.
- The problem with domestic road trip vacations for frequent flyers, in two tweets.
Unless Old Faithful has a fast pass, I’m not interested.
— A. Bauer (@TravelFanboy) July 18, 2020