News notes from around the interweb:
- Several folks have objected to my advice to file a credit card dispute when your flight is cancelled but the airline won’t give you a refund, saying that if you bought your ticket through a travel agent the airline will bill the agent for the cost. Not so, at least with Delta.
- Marriott has dumped its ‘insiders community’ and replaced it with a Facebook group
- Expiring United Club passes are being extended
- I wrote that the King of Thailand is social distancing in a German hotel, along with his harem. It turns out that he’s keeping busy by flying planes.
The King of #Thailand is an #avgeek + avid pilot. During his current stay in #Bavaria the royal entourage occupies a whole hotel and his majesty does pleasure flights in his private #Boeing737 all around #Germany, practising touch and go despite #COVID19 https://t.co/2E1k981wrt pic.twitter.com/ywNgNxQSJJ
— Andreas Spaeth (@SpaethFlies) April 3, 2020
- Emirates will re-start passenger flights on Monday “from Dubai to London Heathrow, Frankfurt, Paris, Brussels and Zurich, with 4 flights a week to London Heathrow, and 3 flights a week to the other cities.”
- Germany will nationalize Condor
- Virgin Australia suspends points transfers to Singapore Airlines because when you transfer points from one program to another, the program you’re transferring points out of has to spend cash to buy the points they’re giving you.
- It appears that Lufthansa will get a bailout from the German government (NYT)