News and notes from around the interweb:
- Air France KLM will start charging for seat assignments in business class on long haul routes prior to check-in (for tickets purchased starting April 4 to travel beginning April 13) on routes other than to/from North America) for those without Flying Blue status or a corporate deal with the airline. North America routes are expected to see this later. The cost will be €70 – €90 per segment. British Airways is doing it so why can’t we?
- This is what devaluation looks like to most people.
well i thought i was saving $7 today
- I’d worry a little bit about losing control of the bag over uneven ground, but sure.
- Wright Brothers Historic Site Badly Damaged in Fire
- If you’re going to have a medical emergency, consider doing it enroute to the Society of Hospital Medicine’s annual conference.
Just before landing, an elderly woman onboard my Southwest Airlines flight # WN785 experienced a medical emergency. Flight Attendant Sharon asked for a doctor. Dozens of hands went up. Flight is full of doctors headed to #SHMConverge23 in Austin. Well done, docs and attendants pic.twitter.com/w2tmd378Ta
— Troy Donté Prestwood ((Blue Checkmark)) (@TroyDonte) March 25, 2023
- Skift carries a sponsored piece from Allianz arguing that hotels can improve ‘guest experience and loyalty’ by selling them travel insurance. How’s that going to go when their travel insurance claim is denied, and the hotel has put its imprimatur on the poor experience? Moreover, they’re pitching the idea ‘if you book with us, things are likely to go wrong and we won’t have your back’ you have to pay extra since we won’t do the right thing. Not sure that’s great for brand.
- More ‘sort of’ Chinese to bring on a plane, from the airport that thought Ben’s Chili Bowl would be a good pre-flight idea.
P.F. Chang’s is coming to Reagan National Airport.
I'm pretty sure the folks sending this press release want me to be way happier about it than I am. pic.twitter.com/RLt2qtNXHs
— Seth Miller (@WandrMe) March 27, 2023
- Hong Kong airport Sheraton, the second largest hotel in the city, is up for sale
Small children riding on top of rollaboards only holding onto the handle extensions with their hands is common and dangerous. Seeing a garment wrapped around the handle extensions as essentially a safety harness is uncommon, more safe, ingenious and commendable. And in this case they were moving slowly, also commendable.
Charging for seat assignments in business class feels really petty and leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Paying for a premium seat is supposed to shield you from that kind of nickel and diming.
I used to let my lil girl sit on my rollaway bag while I carted her through the airport, though I had the old rollaway design with the handle in the back with two wheel system, she loved the limo experience!