News and notes from around the interweb:
- How much Hyatt Gold Passport reimburses hotels for award nights
- Etihad won’t make their Dallas – Abu Dhabi flight daily, after all. Lots of customers will need re-accommodation. Well, probably not lots..since this wasn’t supposed to happen until April anyway, and it it was lots they probably wouldn’t be doing this!
- While tourist travel to Cuba for US citizens remains illegal, starting today the federal government will presume that travelers meet one of the 12 allowable travel categories with no special license required. They can’t actually make tourist travel legal at this point because the ban is based in statute. Meanwhile, Cuba is looking to US tourism revenue to replace Venezuelan oil subsidies.
- Why inflight food tastes different. (HT: Neil C.)
- The strong dollar may be discouraging foreign tourism and bringing down New York hotel rates. (HT: Alan H.)
- Southwest’s historic $1.6 million fine for violating the 3 hour tarmac delay rule is really just $600,000. They get to count passenger compensation already paid, and the cost of new equipment, and part of the fine gets waived so wasn’t ever real in the first place. The delays were at the beginning of the year at Chicago Midway during a severe snow storm.
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