Should Etihad Join SkyTeam? Will They? [Roundup]

News and notes from around the interweb:

  • British Airways devalues Cathay Pacific and JAL redemptions

  • New Qantas CEO apologizes (for her predecessor) and promises an end to no waivers, no favors.

  • Should Etihad join SkyTeam? There’s been past talk of joining Star Alliance, but their new Air France KLM partnership has set folks talking.

  • San Francisco Marriott Marquis loses $20 million disability accommodation lawsuit the property eliminated accommodations for the 25 year employee when they completed a renovation.

    After four days of deliberations, the San Francisco jury found that Marriott failed to sufficiently assist concierge Daniel Callahan after he suffered a spinal cord injury in 2014 that rendered him unable to walk without a cane and a prosthetic device.

    Callahan, of San Francisco, could not work without pain after the hotel chain completed a multimillion-dollar renovation that eliminated leg space beneath the concierge workstation, according to the deRubertis Law Firm, which represented him. Despite pleas from Callahan and his doctors, Marriott refused to allow him to sit while working, his lawyers said.

  • American Airlines is all class.

  • United Airlines will no longer codeshare with LOT Polish

  • Notes on South India I’ve found Chennai to be a very much underrated destination. The Park Hyatt there, by the way, is incredible value. When I stayed there I paid less than $100 per night, on a random night I searched I saw $109 room rates without any discount applied. Which was great considering I was upgraded to a suite and had free room service or restaurant breakfast.

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