News and notes from around the interweb:
- Boston Logan airport is renovating terminal B. They’ll consolidate American and US Airways at contiguous gates, create a single security checkpoint out of three checkpoints (that’s almost never a good idea), and eventually move Southwest to the gates American vacates.
- Ashbabat, Turkmenistan has a $2.3 billion new airport.
The capital of Turkmenistan, a country largely closed to outsiders, has opened a $2.3 billion terminal at its international airport in the shape of a flying falcon.
The terminal, whose roof in profile resembles a bird with spread wings, adds to Ashgabat’s vast array of idiosyncratic buildings.
- You can use Hyatt’s app to ask the hotel to give you stuff
- How Brexit is changing US-London travel. We shouldn’t be too encouraged by the non-implosion of the British economy indeed that could even embolden pro-Brexit politicians hopes that the British lose interest in leaving the EU. The key here is uncertainty — about whether Brexit ultimately happens in real and not merely fig leaf terms, what that looks like, when it occurs — as much as anything else. Months in we don’t really have better answers than when the vote occurred.
- 25% bonus converting Hyatt points to American AAdvantage miles through October 14. I value my Hyatt points too much, I have too many American miles, and Hyatt points don’t convert at a particularly favorable rate to begin with so won’t be doing this. (HT: Loyalty Lobby)
- Dallas Morning News: Loyalty only goes so far as American Airlines, others revamp rewards programs
The mood among American frequent fliers is that the best thing about the airline was the AAdvantage program,” Leff said. “With what they’ve done, AAdvantage isn’t worse than other programs after all the changes and there are some arguments that it’s still incrementally better. But that distinguishing factor has substantially deteriorated.”
- Lance Oppenheim’s film about the LAX parking lot where airline employees live.
Taking a back-road shortcut to catch a flight from Los Angeles two years ago, I passed an obscure airline employee parking lot — and was surprised to see over 70 motor homes. It looked like there was an entire community planted right there in the parking lot of the airport. …
I learned that this community was an employee parking lot turned motor-home park made up of pilots, flight attendants and mechanics. … [A]s unconventional as their living situation may be, the residents of this airport parking lot told me their homes afford them something we all seek: freedom.