News and notes from around the interweb:
- American Express Membership Rewards is offering a 25% bonus on transfers to Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles through June 21. The best deal here is likely first class redemptions on Hawaiian itself which are still expensive (40,000 miles each way) but on many routes a better product than competitors.
- Boeing’s current talk of a new ‘middle of the market’ plane to compete against the Airbus narrowbody ‘new engine option’ offering since the 737 MAX order book isn’t doing it.
- Four Seasons plans to launch a loyalty program, the reference is to a ‘guest recognition’ program which is only half a loyalty program (which is equal parts recognition and reward). Many luxury hoteliers believe their guests value treatment over free stays but that doesn’t mean free stays as a reward for stay choices, especially on others’ dime, don’t matter.
During the Great Recession Ritz-Carlton adopted an own-branded version of Marriott Rewards, departing from the traditional position that luxury chains don’t need formal public frequent stay programs.
Four Seasons Maui, credit: Four Seasons
- US Bank no longer doing a hard pull for credit line increases
- The UAE plans to colonize Mars
- How runways are named.
Every airport runway has 2 numbers on it — here’s why pic.twitter.com/rNrHQlyYse
— Business Insider (@businessinsider) June 8, 2017