News and notes from around the interweb:
- Trip credits replace travel vouchers as American Airlines Elite Rewards option for 75,000 mile qualifiers.
- There was a rumor that Cathay Pacific would be rebranding as Cathay. That turned out not to be quite right. Cathay is the new lifestyle brand of which the airline is a part. Since Hong Kong is no longer free, and the pandemic has decimated travel to and from the territory, they’re bundling assets like the elite and mileage program, shopping portals, etc. and calling themselves not just an airline.
Add more marketing buzzwords like relevant, millennials who prefer experiences over things, and big consulting fees and you have status quo + expensive advertising that doesn’t do much to change the underlying product.
- United has gotten better about updating customers on status during delays, at least through their app. But this was a disaster all around on June 18. The airline, though, isn’t the one responsible for turning out the lights…
- I mean, it really is about time.
- A factory explosion so great it shook the Bangkok airport
The explosion at a factory in Bang Phli shook the terminal building at Suvarnabhumi airport setting off alarms. There is now an evacuation order for residents in this area. Check with your airline if your flight is affected pic.twitter.com/EYSYSz6Gp4 #Thailand #โรงงานกิ่งแก้วไฟไหม้
— Thai News Reports (@ThaiNewsReports) July 5, 2021