News and notes from around the interweb:
- Marriot no longer calls award redemption stays ‘free night awards’ in its terms and conditions because with Marriott they’re often very much not free. Unlike Hyatt and Hilton stays on points can come with substantial cash co-pays in the form of destination and resort fees.
- Russian aviation authority reportedly hit by major cyber attack.
Russian aviation sources claim that the cyberattack started last Saturday. From Monday (the 28th of March), the website of the air transport agency stopped working. Rosaviatsia’s other websites also went offline.
…[S]ources in the country allege that Rosaviatsia lost its entire database, consisting of 65 Terabytes of data.
This information includes aircraft registration data, many documents and e-mails going back one and a half years. According to the same sources, the Russian agency can’t use backups to recover from this cyberattack. This is because a lack of funds means that it doesn’t have backups of this data. R
- Sex offender keeps showing up at Marriott hotels he must be a Bonvoy member.
- By avoiding Russian airspace, Cathay Pacific’s New York JFK – Hong Kong actually becomes world’s longest flight
- Texas woman discovers credit card skimmer that stole her number.
- The Southwest Airlines vs Kiwi.com case is really bad for consumers. Kiwi.com is a bad actor here, accessing Southwest’s flight information without authorization but doing a bad job of it. That makes it easy to rule against them. But Southwest is publishing information publicly on the internet so it’s hard to argue it is somehow proprietary and no one should be able to use this information. (HT: Jonathan W)