What You Can Do With 44,000 Miles and New Hampton Inn Waffle-Infused Shampoo

News and notes from around the interweb:

  • Best use of Etihad miles on partners Etihad is a Citi, Amex, and Capital One transfer partner. What’s impressive of course are (1) redemptions on American at pre-2016 AAdvantage pricing, and (2) redemptions on Royal Air Maroc and the routings you can get for 44,000 miles in business class.

  • This month’s Flying Blue promo awards are exceptionally weak, unless you want to fly premium economy to and from Mexico City.

  • Financially troubled Star Alliance member Asiana may sell assets and cut routes

  • Troubled Chinese conglomerate HNA Group is selling the parent of airport caterer Gate Gourmet

  • I’m speaking at Travelcon in Boston which will be held June 27-29th. It’s billed as the largest travel media event of the year and since I’m a speaker they allow me to share a $50 discount code 50off. (Disclosure: no benefit to me from this code.)

  • My post on blogging ethics was highlighted by an editor of Business Ethics Journal Review

  • Fly Jamaica, whose only aircraft was damaged in November, has now laid off all its employees.

  • Here’s an April Fool’s I missed yesterday — Hampton Inn Waffle-Infused Shampoo & Syrup-Blended Conditioner. (HT: Paul H.)

About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community InsideFlyer.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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  1. To talk about shampoo….I have 2 tall bottles of “BB Gentle” shampoo someone bought me 9 years ago and never used it. L 😛 L

  2. One of these companies needs to fool us all and actually release the product they “prank” us with on April fools day.

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