News and notes from around the interweb:
- Delta racked up 10 figure losses on its fuel hedges. It turns out that their Vice President of Fuel was front running his own trades for Delta and made over $3 million on 82 trades in his wife’s name.
- 500 United miles for enrolling in Visa checkout and spending $5 on a United credit card
- Sun Country’s uFly Rewards has gone to revenue-based redemptions with points worth less than a penny apiece at most towards the cost of a ticket. (HT: MileCards) They did this without notice, and they pretend it’s a good thing. (They did this a couple of weeks ago, and I didn’t even notice, because.. Sun Country.)
- After buying an airline and renaming it the Trump Shuttle but before launching online travel site GoTrump.com (“The Art of the Travel Deal”) Donald Trump sued Trump Travel in 1989.
The small travel agency in Long Island, New York, had existed since 1985 and its name derived from the original owners’ love of the card game bridge, which uses the terms trump and notrump.
…At the end of her legal tussle with the bombastic billionaire, which was settled out-of-court, Rabin-Manning is still trading as Trump Travel, but her agency’s sign, and all business cards, must bear the words “Not affiliated with Donald J. Trump or the Trump Organization”.
Rabin-Manning is very happy to let the world know she has nothing to do with Donald Trump.
- Passengers shared a moment of love on Southwest Airlines after the Orlando night club attack
- Loyalty Lobby points out that IHG Rewards Club now excludes hotels in China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan from its Best Rate Guarantee.
Those guarantees are mostly bogus and marketing spin. I assume this update is because IHG was getting what they would view as scammed in the Chinese market (just like they were getting scammed in China on PointBreaks).