Some links, news, and opinion from around the interweb:
- Christopher Elliott notes that the Republican Party platform calls for reform of the TSA and private screeners. He didn’t expect anything similar in the Democratic Party platform, and he was correct (.pdf).
Elliott concludes that it’s an election year issue, but I’m not so sure. Most items in party platfoms aren’t ultimately issues that get play during a campaign. They serve more to cement coalitions and demonstrate relative status within a party rather than representing even what a Presidential candidate’s position on an issue will be.
- As of November 1, only elite members of LANPASS will be permitted to use miles for upgrades.
- The September issue of Inside Flyer‘s Ask Randy section (subscription required) recommends my award booking service.
[T]here are a number of bona fide experts in award travel redemption. I would have no qualms in recommending BookYourAward.com as one of two or three services that so far have garnered excellent reputations for finding those “business or better” seats in tight markets, and more importantly, with challenging programs such as Avios. So, here are two very reasonable options for you using as few miles and cash as possible. In my mind, paying someone to find this solution for you is money well spent and the best part is that you only pay for results. If only $150 is standing between a trip to Cape Town (to visit the fabulous wine country there), then it truly is money well spent.
- Via Lucky, a 4 minute video on Cathay Pacific’s catering out of Vancouver. I’m not overly impressed by Cathay’s food, at least as compared to Singapore, Asiana, or All Nippon. I do favor the Chinese options over their Western dishes, and in this video the stir fried lobster with ginger and green onion looks delicious.