News and notes from around the interweb:
- Japan shuts its borders through (at least) January
Japan will suspend new entry into the country of nonresident foreign nationals from around the world from Monday through late January as a precautionary step against the new, potentially more transmissible coronavirus variant, the government said Saturday.
…Japan will stop the issuance of new visas from Monday. Those who already obtained visas will be allowed to enter the country, but those who were in Britain or South Africa within 14 days of applying for an entry permit will be excluded.
- An Unexpected Christmas Gift from the Illinois Aviation Hall of Fame
- Inside baseball – status match campaigns from an airline perspective. Turnaround time on matching requests is crucial, how airlines view fraud (photoshopping elite cards), what they consider success. Plus how some programs are verifying the data you send in, and outsourcing management of status match campaigns to third parties. A bit dry in spots, but for certain readers this will be very worthwhile.
- Vaccines are coming, so…
— Greg Hughes (@GregHughes2) December 26, 2020
- Should be interesting, coming next month.
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