News and notes from around the interweb:
- Some Hawaii restaurants are now refusing service to tourists. I’ve argued throughout the pandemic that much of what Hawaii has done to protect itself from Covid is driven by animus towards outsiders as much as science. Hawaii’s Discrimination in Public Accommodations law forbids restaurants from refusing service based on ancestry, that’s the closest prohibition on the practice I could find.
- The Priority Pass-accessible Club JAX at the Jacksonville airport now lets lounge guests to order food and beverage items by scanning a QR code or tapping an NFC-enabled device at each seat in the lounge. You pull up a menu on your device and make your selection which gets delivered to a central pickup point for contactless pickup. Collinson, parent of The Club and Priority Pass, calls it “Ready 2 Order’ and expects to roll it out more broadly.
- Qantas Frequent Flyer is a dumpster fire and has been for 16 years. Now, during a global pandemic with massively reduced travel demand, they’re reducing mileage earning and elite status credit for cheaper domestic fares, while increasing the points needed for upgrades.
- 8 flights that show how Covid reinvented aviation.
- Caesars Total Rewards claims 65 million members in the U.S. I had no idea and am sort of surprised (even if this is merely total names in their database with some duplication!).