News and notes from around the interweb:
- Air Canada is awarding its Canadian co-brand credit card customers 10 miles per dollar spent on Air Canada purchases through Spetember 30, and they’re offering 15% off Air Canada flights at aircanada.com for travel completed by June 15, 2021. They’ve got a change fee waiver, and travel credits can be used to buy miles with a 65% bonus (U.S. customers buy miles, then, at US$0.013 apiece). Some might even buy tickets earning 10 miles apiece, and cancel in order to buy more miles.
- United is now spraying cabins with Z71 a chemical I told you they were testing months ago.
- When you browse Instagram and find former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s passport number (HT: @TProphet and Martin L.)
Up through March a PNR and last name off of a boarding pass was enough to go to the Qantas website and pull up passport number, phone number and other passenger information by looking at the HTML source of the resulting page. This has since been addressed.
- Activists faked a press release telling the homeless to seek shelter at the Grand Hyatt Seattle that seems like a worse thing to do to the homeless than it does to the hotel.
- Privatize Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor operation? (HT: Rail Provocateur)
- Why planes don’t fly over Tibet.