News and notes from around the interweb:
- Bank of America ending the ability to redeem Worldpoints for flights at a higher value than cash back effective November 1
- Alaska Airlines announced job cuts for 8% of Virgin America’s workforce and the deal hasn’t even closed yet.
- Star Alliance member Brussels Airlines briefly stopped serving West Bank-produced halvah as an inflight snack because of complaints by the anti-Israel BDS Movement. However they’ve backtracked and will serve the delicious treat after all. An airline controlled by Germany’s Lufthansa Group probably shouldn’t be taking anti-Israel foreign policy positions.
- Delta evaluating results of new inflight snack test.
The test on certain flights out of Atlanta and Minneapolis included Emerald cashews, Snyder’s pretzels, NatureBox yogurt bars and the old stand-by Biscoff cookies.
That’s a bigger focus on brand-names than Delta’s long-standing lineup of peanuts, pretzels and Biscoff — with a notable switch of nut variety.
- Asiana credit card signup bonus increased to 30,000 miles after $3000 spend within 90 days. The card has a $99 annual fee and is issued by Bank of America. Asiana is a Star Alliance airline with great routing rules and a great award chart, albeit with fuel surcharges.
- Google expanding Waze-based competitor to Lyft and UberPool in San Francisco. Lower prices and they don’t take a cut (yet) or do background checks.
- Affluent travelers are brand loyal to hotel chains. Better not risk devaluing those hotel programs!