News and notes from around the interweb:
- Pilot refuses to show up for Air India inaugural flight because he wanted to go to Delhi instead.
- QuietLion observes, “I find it ironic that, after decades of advertising that all you need to be treated as a VIP is to carry the American Express card, they require members entering the Centurion lounge to show a second form of ID.”
American Express card, ID, and boarding pass to get into a Centurion lounge is pretty absurd. I just rattle off my AAdvantage number to get into an American club, or they scan my boarding pass. United scans, too. It sure seems like a name match on the American Express card and boarding pass (they do require you to be traveling same day) should be sufficient.
ID, Card and Boarding Pass Credential Check-in Desk at the Dallas Centurion Lounge
- Newark Airport will allow more flights. United has three quarters of takeoffs and landings and isn’t even using all it has. This means more competition for United.
- Double Alaska Airlines miles flying British Airways Seattle – London (registration required). In addition MVP Gold and 75K members will get priority check-in and boarding as well as fast track security and lounge access at Heathrow. (HT: Pizza in Motion)
- Alaska Airlines will offer one free date change by phone to Emirates awards without a re-price.