News and notes from around the interweb:
- Man pleads guilty to hacking United’s systems in order to steal travel vouchers
- 300 Sodexo employees working as Heathrow lounges have had their airside access badges suspended. It seems to be related to theft and not terrorism. (HT: @danluttrell)
- Google Flights now offers email price alerts.
- United flight attendants are going rogue and re-using illy coffee packets. They’re apparently trying to make it taste more like the Fresh Poo (and I don’t mean kopi luwak) customers were used to.
- DEA gets airline employees to inform on passengers and may even be accessing TSA secure flight data though the program was sold with the promise of a firewall against use for any other purpsoe than detecting potential terrorists.
The program leads to confiscating life savings from passengers without even charging them with a crime. And good luck ever getting your money back because all the government believes they need to justify seizing your assets is information on where you’re traveling. Flying Chicago – Los Angeles is suspicious enough to take whatever you have.
- The second quarter Points.com financial results highlighted this new pending project:
Imminent launch of a leading North American retail coalition loyalty program with more than 10 million active members, that will see members earning points when making worldwide hotel bookings via a program branded web site.
If it’s a US program, it’s presumably Plenti. If it’s a Canadian one, then one imagines it’s AIR MILES. The Canadian program already offers a shopping portal where you can earn points with direct hotel bookings.