He’s being inducted into the travel industry Hall of Fame, and I agree with many of the points in the interview.
Shortening visa wait times is a positive step, though the current administration doesn’t deserve universal praise, especially now that there’s even a fee to promote tourism associated with the ‘not a Visa’ visa waiver that must be obtained in advance.
In the interview, though, Greenberg claims:
Here’s a little news bulletin. Name the largest international airline that flies to more U.S. cities and from U.S. cities than any other international airline. It’s Korean Air, and nobody knows it.
Nobody knows it, of course, because it isn’t true.
Greenberg is apparently not aware of Air Canada, which flies to more U.S. cities than any other non-U.S. airline.
Or British Airways, which flies to twice as many U.S. cities as Korean Airlines.
Or Lufthansa, which flies to 70% more.
Aeromexico and Air France have service to about the same number of cities (depending on how you count Air France Orlando service, Air France also serves more).
Here’s my previous take on Peter Greenberg (I’m embarrassed by how snarky I was, yes even more so than in this current post, though my arguments were indeed correct).
He was claiming that miles can be impossible to redeem, you should burn your miles even if you don’t know where you want to go or when, and that you shouldn’t leave points in an American Express Membership Rewards account since they take 2-3 weeks to transfer to airline mileage programs. And, apparently, that you can combine US Airways and Alaska Airlines flights on an award ticket — possibly even when using American Airlines miles. Perhaps he was merely prescient about a possible merger between American and US Airways, four years too early?
Of course he’s famous and I’m not, and likely for very good reason.