News and notes from around the interweb:
- Average restaurant tips are now below 20% with the lowest tips in California (17.4%) and Washington State (18%).
- Airports are expensive to operate in. Not only are rents astronomical, and airports usually also take a cut of sales (frequently passing on to airlines), but it’s difficult to hire workers (so they cost more) and you usually are limited to monopoly suppliers for many inputs.
And yet since airports are owned in the United States by governments, high prices are unpopular, and they often have ‘street pricing’ rules requiring prices to the passenger to me no more than 10% higher than they they’d pay off airport. Retailers play games to make the numbers work.
$12.99 at the airport now. I remember a time where they at least gave you the second half of the wrap. KLAS pic.twitter.com/xlVdckqgCB
— SEAN (@121_5MHz) September 19, 2023
- I appeared on the Miles To Go podcast discussing Delta SkyMiles and Sky Club changes along with Clint Henderson from The Points Guy.
- It looks like British Airways is renovating London Heathrow Concorde Room cabanas, in anticipation of finally re-opening them.
- And this is after opening a second JFK Sky Club
those @Delta sky club changes cant come soon enough
always a ridiculous line at jfk terminal 4 no matter what day or time pic.twitter.com/RET7b6OVG3
— Ali DiBarba (@alisaysdance) September 18, 2023
- New hotel construction project by a beleaguered public pension fund, a prerequisite for graft? Their last hotel investment went so well.
- Tourist calls police after being surprised by $1,000 restaurant bill $20 per ounce crab, the restaurant showed them the whole crustacean and they thought the cost was going to be… $20.