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News and notes from around the interweb:
- United appears to be testing free wifi. Most of their fleet lacks the bandwidth for this, but they’ll eventually be in a position to match Delta and JetBlue. United has said once that happens they will pull the trigger on free.
Looks like United is slowly dipping it’s toes in trialing out complimentary WiFi? pic.twitter.com/IXFXeuVaa3
— Emiliano Padilla (@iTripReport) September 22, 2023
Meanwhile American Airlines has the bandwidth, and charges more for it than anyone else in the industry. They promised free inflight messaging at their Media Day in 2017 and then quietly reneged…
- American Express eliminating the ability to pay for PlusGrade bids for upgrades
- Florida woman ‘borrowed’ alligator from previous job for hotel birthday photoshoot, kept it in bathtub
- Hotel hackers redirect guests to fake Booking.com to steal cards
- Why wasn’t I in the Capital One lounge when Jennifer Garner was filming this commercial for the Venture X Business?
- El Al could allow use of Tel Aviv as a connecting hub
- The U.K. imposes high taxes on departing passengers. If you’re just connecting in the U.K. you’re exempt, though, because they don’t want to disadvantage British Airways versus other airlines by making their tickets more expensive.
In contrast the Netherlands is considering a tax only on connecting passengers of $85 – $106 that exempts those originating in-country. It’s a tax on KLM’s use of Amsterdam as a hub, essentially. (HT: Enilria)
- Travelers: what the cities on your Instagram bio say about you.
— cold 🥑 (@coldhealing) September 22, 2023
- Avis customer had their rental car seized by the cops a previous customer reported the car stolen, found it, and returned it. Avis rented it again. The cops found it. Oh, and Avis insists that the customer pay for the full rental they didn’t get. (HT: Gary C)