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News and notes from around the interweb:
- The US government is testing requiring mug shots for passengers leaving the country. Two US senators (a Democrat and a Republican) are objecting.
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- Booking Star Alliance awards to the Faroe Islands
- American Express will only remain an Aeroplan partner until Air Canada starts its own frequent flyer program in 2020. (HT: Ryan H.)
- The Economist on the US-UAE deal:
The UAE deal gave the Americans just enough to allow them to declare victory and move on. But if this is what success looks like to American airlines, it is easy to understand why the service they provide remains so poor.
- Delta award sale ‘from’ 48,000 miles roundtrip in coach to Europe. If that excites you, book by May 16.
- 20% off United coach awards between the lower 48 states and Aspen, Bozeman, Eagle, Gunnison, Hayden, Jackson Wyoming and Montrose. United credit card holders get 25% off. (HT: Doctor of Credit)
- United’s Newark Polaris lounge opens June 4. There’s a media preview event on May 31. Up next: Houston, which will be much smaller.
- United shopping portal bonus of 500 miles after $200 spend through May 24, stackable with the current 30% bonus offer for partner-mileage earning available to United card cardholders.
- Air New Zealand is working on a new business class seat in ‘Hangar 22’