News and notes from around the interweb:
- Qatar Airways is reportedly raising its stake in British Airways and Iberia parent IAG to 20%
- Lots of rumors about a new premium high-end card from Chase to be revealed soon. Doctor of Credit says it will be a Visa Infinite card (only the second in the U.S., along with one from City National Bank). We don’t know much about it at this point – but I do wonder how it will position relative to the mysterious Palladium card that President Obama has.
- The increased British Airways AARP discount has reverted to usual amounts.
- Unflattering review of Starwood’s new hotel in Cuba by Michael Weissenstein. (HT: @GlobeTrotScott)
But the rest of our experience was pretty unpleasant. The hotel had been rebranded with great fanfare a month earlier, including promised amenities like Starwood’s comfortable “signature beds.” But our mattress was saggy, with a stained decorative cover and flat sheet tucked over the sort of squeaky rubber pad used for bed-wetting children. When I investigated why a bedside lamp wasn’t working (due to a missing bulb), I realized that the entire wall-mounted light was loose and balanced in the sole position that kept it from collapsing.
I think most of the issues the writer had are explained by:
- It’s a Four Points
- Master Key for TSA Locks Leaked.. Again.
- Frontier Airlines is offering double miles on all flights booked between July 21 and August 18 for travel through September 30. Promo code 2XMILES.
- Travel tip: Don’t kick, punch, or otherwise attack police officers when your flight is delayed. (HT: One Mile at a Time)