News and notes from around the interweb:
- United is running an award sale for coach redemptions between the US and Europe. Save 25% if you book by June 28 for travel August 23 through March 31, excluding December 15 – January 8.
- Yesterday I wrote about Starwood’s 30% discount on purchased points through July 1, and mentioned that since Points.com processes the transactions you wouldn’t earn bonus points for paying with a Starwood credit card. That turns out to be wrong. Reader Ryan reports that the purchase posts as “STARWOOD BY POINTS POINTS.COM” rather than “Points.com” and is coded for double Starpoints.
- In fact, stack the 30% discount on purchased Starwood points with a bonus for transferring hotel points to British Airways Avios and you’re buying BA points at 1.45 cents apiece.
- I’ve finally realized, Air France doesn’t have four day strikes. They just have three day work weeks.
- India will allow foreign ownership of airlines — 49% without government review and up to 100% with approval. The US could learn something here. If we want more competition in the airline industry, we should allow foreign ownership of airlines operating in the U.S. Let Ryanair and Singapore Airlines compete against United, Delta, and American.
- American AAdvantage Cuba awards require roundtrip travel, maximum stay of 90 days, and must be booked by phone
- Via Airline Weekly these are the 10 busiest airports in Asia by number of seats scheduled in the third quarter: