News and notes from around the interweb:
- IHG is going to revamp the Ambassador program (.pdf) including making Royal Ambassador revenue-based rather than qualifying based on nights. And they’re going to push to get hotels not to be more generous than the program requires. (HT: Loyalty Lobby)
“We have to try and stick to consistent delivery. If we move away from that…we’re only creating problems for other properties.”
- Forget the Black Card or Luxury Card, there’s a card with a $50,000 application fee and $5000 annual fee.
- If we tried this as passengers we’d get sent to Guantanamo: Thai airline Nok Air is apologizing for its pilots joking about crashing a plane which had former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra onboard.
- The opening of Anthony Bourdain’s New York food hall may be delayed past next because of visa issues for the chefs.
- My ‘real job’ colleague Eli Dourado has a Wall Street Journal op-ed calling for an end to banning of supersonic travel. Since it’s a pain to get passed Journal content gates, here’s a good discussion of the piece including noting that Concorde wasn’t that much louder than other planes at the time and that we’ve had 40 years of technology improvement since then.
- 8 year old unaccompanied minor left behind on plane. See, the kid was unaccompanied…