News and Notes from Around the Interweb:
- Hyatt Gold Passport’s Jeff Zidell spends the day with the Freddie Awards that his program has won in the past. He and those awards are BFFs. And he’d like to win more of them.
- Live and Let’s Fly’s Matthew Klint was kicked off a United flight for taking a single photograph. It’s always hard to be objective when writing about an incident you were involved in yourself, but I do trust Matthew’s rendition of events. Another blogger was on the flight and watched it go down as well.
- AAdvantageGeek reports that within the next few weeks American first class napkins will again have button holes. Customers passionately pleaded for the return of the button hole after American removed them last year. I like them myself, in a restaurant you put your napkin in your lap (and you can still do that when there’s a button hole!) but on a plane I find it more likely that I’ll spill on my shirt and prefer my napkin to cover the shirt. It’s the little things sometimes…
- Free Frequent Flyer Miles reports that the mileage-earning Alaska Airlines debit card from Bank of America is no longer available. Not surprising, the Durbin Amendment to the Dodd Frank financial reform legislation made debit transactions no longer profitable enough to incentivize with miles. There are few mileage-earning debit options left (the most valuable being the Delta Suntrust debit card, which I’ve speculated is offered at a loss to attract deposits for a bank that hasn’t fared well in government stress tests)..
- Is being a flight attendant all that glamorous? Stories of affairs, designer hand bags, and loneliness.