News and notes from around the interweb:
- Spirit Airlines will raise money secured against its loyalty program. Payment obligations expire 90 days after funding, unless lenders take its credit card, and there will be a fee for receiving interest payments. (Not really.)
- 150 people catch Covid at a nudist resort
- Alaska Airlines has followed United, American, and Delta in eliminating change fees though basic economy (“Saver”) fares retain their restrictions.
- Here’s an interview with the chef of Chicago’s Kyōten, takes a little while to get going, I’d say start it 15 minutes in and the discussion becomes really interesting.
Already about the most expensive meal in the city, right now he’s opening his Omakase service for just one reservation per night at $600 per person (lower per-person pricing for groups larger than two).
I became a regular of this chef four years ago after he opened his first sit down restaurant in Austin. He still has it as an outpost here. However I’ve been up to his Chicago place a couple of times (and was supposed to go again, just as Covid lock down hit) and it’s better every time.
- Lyft has car rentals where you pick the specific car type in the app and there’s no paperwork. They’ve expanded through a partnership with Sixt. (HT: Demetrius M.)
- Intelsat is buying Gogo’s commercial aviation business for $400 million
- Air France KLM Promo Awards for September don’t have any North America flights (though you may not be going to Europe in October/November anyway).