News and notes from around the interweb:
- The worst performing airline hub is Delta’s Seattle operation. All of Delta’s Denver flights are in the bottom half of performers for their system as well.
They compete directly with Alaska Airlines, but as interlopers with a smaller operation and with higher costs. Far from putting the Seattle-based airline out of business after the two carriers went to war a decade ago, Alaska has survived and is a better operator in Seattle than Delta is – even if Delta is larger and stronger elsewhere.
Seattle has never been good for Delta according to their reported numbers, so why give up now, just keep shoveling more shareholder coal on the fire, and 2) if they shrink they will lose gates to Alaska and they will probably never get them back. So, it would seem this situation is unlikely to change.
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- Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor gets $16 billion in federal funds
- Delta’s most frequent flyer is a 14 million miler he’s got nothing on Tom Stuker and United. It’s a promotional piece from Delta and there’s not even a single mention of SkyMiles. He flies Delta because of operational reliability and their people.
Last year the head of SkyMiles even said they’re not trying to offer strong value, that people choose Delta for other reasons. So it’s not as though it’s a surprise that Delta thinks that, but it’s a bit of a surprise that Delta touts that.
- This seems like the rare case where the airline ought to be willing to compensate passengers to move so that two people could sit together.
- Expedia’s OneKey rewards is low value rewards but you can earn something for airfare and for homeshare stays. The problem is that (1) it’s so low value, and (2) you’re dealing with Expedia.
I wound up making $10,000 in airfare bookings via Expedia for someone and there was a reason I did it but boy is dealing with Expedia customer service a mistake. I did $20 in OneKey cash (wow, what a weak earn proposition).
And of course if you ever book hotels through Expedia you likely pay more (no AAA rates even), don’t earn hotel points, or receive elite status benefits (or earn credit towards status).
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