New and notes from around the interweb:
- 10% off United tickets booked through their mobile app for customers aged 18-22. Put another way, older people pay more.
- Mackinac Island’s Grand Hotel has been sold to private equity. (HT: D.)
- Delta increasing its stake in Korean Air’s parent company to 10%
- Cathay Pacific will end its New York JFK – Vancouver flight in April
- 30% bonus transferring hotel points to Aeroplan miles through September 22. Marriott transfers are especially useful, of course (though Marriott points harder to earn now that the Starwood Amex is no longer and card earning has been cut by 1/3). 60,000 Marriott points transfer to 32,500 Aeroplan miles.
- TSA Pre-Check shouldn’t exist. The argument that we “shouldn’t have to sacrifice privacy for convenience” rings true (the government inconveniences us so much that we’ll give more to the government to avoid it), especially when TSA security theater doesn’t much affect the extent to which we’re safe. However the inequality argument strikes me as incorrect.
There are security haves and have nots (PreCheck vs not), but more frequent travelers wait in security lines longer overall than the once a year traveler (they’re the more inconvenienced in total, even if they have PreCheck) and the theory of PreCheck is right: TSA should take a risk-based approach to security, focusing resources on greatest threats not treating everyone equally and inconveniencing equally because doing so distracts resources from those threats.