News and notes from around the interweb:
- Beijing hotel used toilet bowl cleaner on teapot and glasses, and guest grabbed a photo of it happening. This is certainly against the brand standards of all the major chains, and would be a firing offense for housekeeping, which doesn’t mean of course that it never happens. (HT: Alan H.)
- United CEO Oscar Munoz sent a message to United MileagePlus members about the airline’s commitment to improve and its strong future. Tellingly to me, the message did not mention MileagePlus.
- On Wednesday I wrote that Delta pulled its sponsorship of Atlanta’s Fox Theater after 20 years — an institution that dates to 1929, which played an important part in the city’s racial integration, and that was even the site of Prince’s last performance — because Qatar Airways rented function space there for an event.
Several readers pointed me to Delta’s corporate sponsorship of the Seattle Pride Parade which reportedly excludes Alaska employees from marching in uniform. In other words, they cannot attend as Alaska employees, they have to hide one part of who they are if they want to join the march. Ironic.
The drama escalated with Delta claiming they weren’t excluding anyone and the parade itself saying anyone could march (though by my read it’s not clear they said anyone could do so in their airline uniform). Regardless it didn’t seem like Delta had done anything wrong here, ‘category exclusivity’ for a sponsor is fairly standard — Delta views it as a marketing opportunity, and they pay enough not to let competitors market there too. The event itself, on the other hand, may be getting a bit too corporate..
- Stuck with a pricey hotel reservation? Maybe you can sell it. (HT: Alan H.)
- Travelers are staying away from Trump Hotels because of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign
- 2000 free Air Algerie miles for joining their program
- Here are the insane things airports are doing to pacify travelers waiting in line for TSA (HT: Alan H.)