News and notes from around the interweb:
- United’s new unaccompanied minor rules. It’s no longer an option for children aged 12-15 to travel alone without the $150 unaccompanied minor service.
- Brian Sumers quotes me for Conde’ Nast Traveler on the infamous ‘it’s my honeymoon’ plea for an upgrade. It won’t work, you look like a jerk, but try it anyway.
The worst an agent can say is no. “There’s little downside to asking, because even something as unlikely as getting struck by lightning does happen and in this case is far less painful,” Leff says. “Just realize it’s a long shot and don’t be disappointed when it (probably) doesn’t work out.”
- Delta’s CEO made comments recently about being able to buy a used 777 for $10 million. This was a controversial claim, and Boeing pushed back strenuously. Now they say they’ve signed a letter of intent for $7 million. There has to be more to the story here, either it includes the need for tens of millions in refurbishment or it’s a 777 they’re buying for parts.
- Is your city transportation-friendly?
- The 1100 free Accor points you can get can be moved into Avios.
- South African Airways is breaking the law by being a member of Star Alliance? Even if so, the carrier is ailing so badly no one will do anything about it.
- Unruly passengers generally aren’t prosecuted. But if it was me, I’d likely get sent to Guantanamo.