News and notes from around the interweb:
- Austin airport’s new-ish ‘welcome back to travel’ video. Recommending showing up at the airport 2 to 2.5 hours prior to travel seems insane to me, and to ‘give yourself a little extra time’ on top of that if you’re checking luggage or returning a rental car (there’s no rental car shuttle needed here) seems doubly so.
The airport did just have its busiest day ever and security lines, especially without PreCheck or CLEAR can be long. They should call out the reason some people have to show up early! Oh, it’s also because Frontier and Allegiant passengers don’t realize they have to go to a whole different airport and that eats up half an hour.
- American Airlines has a new way to finance ticket sales. A surprising number of people finance their travel and Delta has even looked at offering financing as a tool to sell upgrades. The upside here is more sales, revenue off the revolve, and savings on credit card interchange.
New slogan: “American Airlines, Your Job Is Your Credit!”
- No one can undercut American Airlines from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh so they no longer try.
- IHG Rewards extended elite status through February 2023 leaving Hyatt as the only major hotel loyalty program in the U.S. not to do so (HT: One Mile at a Time) Of course there’s limited value in IHG status since they do not promise suite upgrades or even late checkout to their top elites.
- United elites lose their Hertz status benefit and Chase United cards lose it too. Delta elites still get Hertz status, remember when the rental car company joined SkyTeam? Not to worry, Hertz is an easy status match.
- Rough crowd.
Was this before or after the flight was cancelled?
— Jim McCall, APR (@JimMcCa11873622) October 28, 2021