News and Notes from Around the Interweb:
- The Pizza in Motion blog is giving away a free roundtrip ticket on American Airlines and also a choice of 25,000 United miles or 25,000 Hyatt points. A good blog, but one that gets less attention, which means chances of winning are likely to be pretty good.
- Frequent Miler has a useful update on which retailers let you go through a shopping portal to buy gift certificates and earn points or cash back, and then go back through the shopping portal to make a purchase and earn more points or cash back while paying with the gift card — in other words double dipping, earning twice the reward for each purchase.
- United will be featuring Chris Guillebeau’s $100 Startup as an audio book in its inflight entertainment March through June, which I think is pretty cool. I may have to take a United flight just to hear it, since the book features my award booking service.
- Wandering Aramean notes that Kingfisher Airlines has lost its operating license. Undeterred they say they’re confident of getting it back, and also getting new financing. From the number two airline in India and on the cusp of joining oneworld to a question mark on whether it will exist going forward. Of course Air India failed to join Star Alliance as well. The Indian aviation market is a mess, with Jet Airways in many ways struggling but a possibility for Star in the future. A large population, lots of flying, lots of bureaucratic intervention (such as suggesting that Jet Airways couldn’t get an alliance boost if Air India didn’t get one first). This is a perennially promising and yet fiscally dangerous place to tread.