News and notes from around the interweb:
- I didn’t realize Australia had air marshals
- Sirius XM retention offers – why you should only pay $5 a month
- I’ve never had an airline change my flight’s departure airport before and on the day of departure, no less!
- Stay at 2 Club Carlson brands by March 31 and earn 5000 bonus points.
- The Points Guy reported on Alaska Airlines verifying someone’s elite status with United when they requested a status match.
This is the first I’ve heard of airlines verifying elite status with each other when a member requests match (usually the last thing a program wants to do is anything that will help a competitor learn details of their best customers, and they’d be happy to let someone who isn’t one of their better customers go and impose costs on the competitor).
However this used to be common among hotel programs. Starwood and Hyatt in particular had a relationship 7 or 8 years ago where they would verify information about members when being asked to match status. Apparently ‘faked’ status credentials were a big enough problem on both sides to encourage cooperation.
- Air India is removing first class and adding ~ 100 economy seats to their Boeing 777-200LR aircraft. The San Francisco route will no longer have first class (though 777-300ERs will keep first). Say goodbye to 34 inch pitch and 9-abreast economy seating on these planes!
- British Airways is looking to lease Airbus A380s used instead of buying new. Or they’re threatening to in order to get concessions from Airbus.