News and notes from around the interweb:
- 8000 free Spirit miles appears to still be available. That’s at least a free flight for the co-brand credit card holders, for everyone else bear in mind that miles expire without account activity after 90 days.
- For $5 ChatAndCut will connect you to an airline right away when hold times are long. Apparently they ‘save a spot in line’ and sell it to you. (HT: Hans M.)
- Etihad is launching a new twitter account to provide customer service to elites. They promise 5 minute response time. You’ll actually have to provide an email to them at socialmedia -at- etihad.ae with a scan membership card, date of birth, postal code and twitter handle in order to use it. They’ll follow you, and then you can follow them back.
- Korean Air earns 40% of its revenue from the 15% of passengers flying in premium cabins. Premium cabins are obviously important to the carrier, but I’m surprised it’s not a more outsized component actually.
- Airports with the most amazing and dangerous takeoffs and landings (HT: World Airline News)
- Cranky Flier on the Malaysia Airlines turnaround plan. They’re a state run airline which has received huge subsidies for their losses over the years, and no complaints from US airlines despite a 1997 Open Skies agreement with the U.S. They’re downsizing, but I’ll still look forward to flying them as long as they retain my favorite satay in the sky.