News and notes from around the interweb:
- Save $50 off a hotel stay of $100 or more for travel this month, mostly non-chain hotels. (HT: delusion)
- The Justice Department won’t block Expedia’s acquisition of Orbitz, basically determining that Orbitz is too small to matter in the hotel booking market.
- The man behind ‘the airport font’ has passed away. (HT: @iflyplaces)
- I’m honored to be Johnny Jet‘s travel tweeter of the week. Follow me @garyleff.
- Sneak peak inside the new Sao Paulo Admirals Club
- The cheapest domestic market for flying is India. Airlines aren’t legally permitted to fly interntionally during their first five years. They slug it out on money losing domestic routes hoping to survive that long. Yet India’s government is demagoguing high fares and threatening price controls.
- Marriott will rent virtual reality headsets at the Park Lane hotel. It’s called VRoom service.
- American apparently misclassified some involuntarily denied boardings as voluntary to the DOT.
“American’s station agents were directed to reclassify a passenger who was denied boarding involuntarily as a volunteer, even if the passenger had not been given the opportunity to board the originally booked flight, as long as that passenger initiates a conversation, after the flight had departed, to receive the compensation that was previously offered to volunteers, the DOT said in a Sept. 16 consent order.