News and notes from around the interweb:
- Seattle residents get $50 for joining SkyMiles (HT: Doctor of Credit)
- He flew with cash and “failed to prove it wasn’t part of any crimes”
A North Carolina man with $39,500 in cash landed in Phoenix…& had it all taken away by police.
Officers suspected him of money laundering, but he brought it to buy a truck for business. Even though he's not charged with a crime, he hasn't gotten it backhttps://t.co/5TjATjEAJs pic.twitter.com/5CGdRuKpxq
— Briana Whitney (@BrianaWhitney) April 20, 2021
- Jerusalem’s Posh Airport Had Direct Flights to Iran. This Is What It Looks Like Today (HT: @zero_coupon)
- Boy Wins €65,000 Payout from Turkish Airlines Over Spilt Tea Burns what did you think of the McDonald’s coffee verdict…?
- I told you to expect rental car prices to spike because rental companies sold off cars during the pandemic, and they’re slow to replace cars due to tight manufacturer inventories and balance sheets that are on the mend, and that’s what’s happening.
I found this Conor Sen op-ed amusing, “No Bailout for Rental Cars, Now Customers Pay for It” I mean that’s literally the way it’s supposed to work. He even wants to consider future airline bailouts paired with rental company bailouts.
The rental vehicle industry is an example of what happens when an industry is left to fend for itself. ..The government could have avoided this situation by providing loans or grants to rental companies last summer in return for a pledge to keep their vehicle fleet well stocked in preparation for a rebound in demand. Perhaps rental vehicle companies and airlines should be seen as a package deal for financial aid if a similar pandemic crisis develops in the future.
Ironically even Sen understands there’s not a huge problem here to address,
For now, the lack of government support allows tech companies like Turo Inc. to step into the void. The company allows vehicle owners to rent out their cars to other people, similar to the way Airbnb Inc. works for housing. Rental rates are so high that it might even make sense for individuals to buy vehicles for the sole purpose of renting them out this summer, and then sell them as travel demand subsides after Labor Day or when the rental companies manage to replenish inventories.
- City of Austin discovers that owning an airport hotel means being responsible for its losses, they apparently thought that owning a Convention Center hotel was a way to funnel cash to an ex-City Council member.
- DHS wants to put REAL ID drivers licenses on smartphones