News and notes from around the interweb:
- Scott McCartney posits in the Wall Street Journal that Delta’s shift towards a revenue-based frequent flyer program will create further bad incentives between business travelers versus their companies, with travelers putting off booking travel — to net higher fares and thus more miles.
- United’s Mercedes tarmac transfers will be extended to Los Angeles and San Francisco (Chicago, Houston and Newark already have the feature).
- Here are the flights you want to take if you’re O’Hare-based. I tell Crain’s Chicago Business that alliance partners of American (like Cathay Pacific and Japan Airlines) and United (like ANA, Asiana, and Turkish) offer flights that passengers might not think of, and that Lufthansa’s Dusseldorf flight often has seats including award space.
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- Iron Maiden lead singer Bruce Dickinson is backing the development of the world’s largest aircraft.
- Online Travel Review says that if you give American Express some information about your business you may find out you’re targeted for a 75,000 point signup bonus for the Business Gold Rewards card.
- The U.K. intends to reduce its draconian ‘Air Passenger Duty’ (aka ‘premium cabin departure tax’) for long haul destinations.