News notes from around the interweb:
- New U.S. domestic airline bookings fell 5% week-on-week, the recovery in travel seems to be sputtering.
- Etihad finally implements its improved mileage expiration policy which is great because they’re a transfer partner of American Express and Citibank, and because they’ve got some decent sweet spots redeeming on their own flights and with their partners.
- It’s a year old but I’ve just re-read it, this Atlantic piece was the best thing written on MH370.
- Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer has 4.6 million members and they redeemed 39 billion miles last year. I love knowing the size of frequent flyer member files, just wish I knew the size of those with program activity in the past 18 months was.
- Las Vegas bars close back down tonight
- The Trump administration gets more on board with further airline bailouts, here’s Treasury Secretary Mnuchin:
I think we’re very pleased in the work that we’ve done at Treasury to help the airline industry. It’s strategically important to keep it together, but that’s clearly an industry. Restaurants, hotels, airlines are clearly going to be areas where they’re going to need more help.
If you want to understand Washington there’s no better introduction than the first half (but stop there) of Eddie Murphy’s The Distinguished Gentleman.