News and notes from around the interweb:
- 5 Great Ideas for Scoring Hotel Upgrades (That Rarely Work) (HT: Alan H.). Here’s how to actually use hotel programs to get upgrades every time and how to ask for — and actually get — an upgrade.
- Lufthansa will introduce fares mimicing a low cost carrier for intra-Europe flights, not unlike British Airways handbaggage-only fares. (HT: Alan H.)
German airline Deutsche Lufthansa AG (LHA.XE) plans an overhaul of its ticketing system that will require passengers to pay extra for checked baggage, seat reservations and flight changes or cancellations, German daily newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported Saturday.
Beginning in October, there will be three types of fares for economy-class passengers–light, classic and flex, according to Jens Bischof, the airline’s chief commercial officer. The light fare will be lower than current fares but will allow carry-on luggage only, Mr. Bischof says. “About one-third of all airline passengers in Europe and Germany travel with carry-on luggage only.”
- The FAA’s Director of Labor and Employee Relations resigned saying the FAA was breaking the law in appeasing the air traffic controllers union. The FAA’s director defends the agency largely by saying their practices are good (as opposed to ‘legal’).
- The History of People Mailing Themselves in Boxes (HT: Marginal Revolution)
- A Hundred Cities Within Seoul
- Malcolm Gladwell on how experts become unable to see significance of a trend because they’re blinded by data .. highly relevant to loyalty marketing. (HT: Marginal Revolution)