News and notes from around the interweb:
- United is instituting a new program to offer free domestic first class upgrades farther in advance, and free international business to first upgrades to high value customers.
- Hyatt’s terms and conditions have added the Hyatt Herald Square to the list of properties where Diamond Suite Upgrades (and suite upgrades with points and suite awards) are not available.
- Denver’s city council threatened to deny a lease at the airport to “Concessions International and its Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise partner, Delarosa Restaurant Concepts” because of Chik-Fil-A’s politics and somehow related to Donald Trump. But Chik-Fil-A is now indeed coming to Denver’s B concourse.
- Southwest’s website was more-visited than Delta’s and United’s combined. I still can’t help typing ‘iflyswa.com’ when going there. That was one of the very first internet properties to generate a billion dollars of revenue.
- Hackers reportedly stole credit card data from Hilton hotel properties. (HT: Paul H.) Just what Hilton needs, when HHonors has already been one of the most security-compromised programs.
According to online security analyst, Brian Krebs, hackers have “compromised” numerous point-of-sale registers in restaurants, coffee shops, and gift shops at Hilton hotel properties across the country in order to steal credit card information.
- Here are the different genres of airline advertising. One of the most common: commercials that sell flying, but don’t do a great job telling you why you’d choose a particular carrier. That’s the bucket I’d place Delta’s rather awesome new ad.