News and notes from around the interweb:
- And you think I don’t like airport security… My experience being stopped at the airport as a Muslim traveler
I am glad I went to the airport early. In the morning I asked my husband what are we going to do early in the airport since we didn’t have lounge access. I guess now I know. Have a friendly chat with one of the police officers.
- Double Points at Amazon: American Express is offering double Membership Rewards points on Amazon purchases through July 31. It’s an “Amex Offer” that you have to log into your account and opt into. Reports are that it’s available to anyone with a Membership Rewards-earning card, although I can’t be certain that’s correct. (HT: One Mile at a Time)
- All the choices are so good it’s hard to pick: Delta preparing to allow premium cabin customers to pre-select meals the way that American Airlines does.
- New Starbucks Prepaid Reloadable card: Chase will issue a Starbucks-branded reloadable prepaid card that will earn Starbucks Stars as rewards for Starbucks purchsaes and that otherwise sounds a lot like the Chase Liquid product, but without monthly fees.
- American will hand out bonuses to nearly 100,000 employees next year. American employees on the whole accepted higher wages than they’d have otherwise received in lieu of profit sharing in their last contracts. Nonetheless, many employee groups are pretty ticked that they did that. And Doug Parker did say recently at the JP Morgan transportation conference that we’d be seeing employees get more money.
So I suppose it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that American is unilaterally introducing profit sharing. Except that they’re doing it outside of collective bargaining, they’re asking nothing in return. Technically they’ll need to waive some rules to pay union employees more than their contracts allow, though presumably union bosses will go along.