News and notes from around the interweb:
- Change coming to elite status at Aeroplan? Looks like everyday spending with the program will offer a path to higher status tiers, and not just the 25,000 mile status level. Plus 50K elite status tier giveaway.
- Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines signs up 100,000 volunteers for Human Challenge Trials
- New credit card issuer, which plans to introduce travel cards (and already has their first sports co-brand), is hiring someone to design their rewards program. Maybe the right job for you?
- Russian Pilots under investigation for drawing a “Sky Penis”
- Consumer anxiety over Korean Air’s takeover of Asiana much of focus is on ticket prices, but there’s real risk to the value of Asiana Club.
Remember that Delta owns a stake in Korean Air, and as the Delta relationship deepened Korean decided to gut the excellent Skypass program. How long will Asiana’s generous program last? (Though how long would it have lasted without needing to be great to still be better than Skypass?)
- Taiwan’s EVA Air has a new twist of flights to nowhere during the pandemic: onboard speed dating.
Each of the dating experiences includes a three-hour flight that departs from Taipei’s Taoyuan International Airport and circles the airspace above Taiwan, plus another two hours of a romantic date back on land.
Participants are encouraged to have in-depth conversations with each other on board while sampling meals prepared by Michelin-starred chef Motoke Nakamura. They are also encouraged to keep masks on when they’re not eating or drinking.