News and notes from around the interweb:
- A US frequent flyer program idea is spreading: Qantas testing awarding elite status credits for co-brand card spend. A subset of members were targeted to earn up to 150 status credits per year based on spend in a program running through May 2018.
- Delta will no longer support Windows phones for its app, windows phone users will have to use Delta’s mobile website. (HT: Dennis L.)
- I’m not sure this is true — for loyalty programs or for wedding proposals (indeed, I suspect the value proposition and trust relationship trump personalization in both cases) nonetheless I found this an interesting B2B ad for Switchfly which among other things sells ‘miles as money’ solutions to frequent flyer programs.
- The iconic hump of the Boeing 747
- Indianapolis airport expects to see a lot more diverted flights this winter (HT: @JohnnyJet)
- Brussels has instituted a dancing tax. It’s almost like Kevin Bacon never made Footloose.
- BART’s Oakland Airport Connector is Losing Money, Uber and Lyft are Being Blamed. (HT: @e_russell)
It’s losing money because it is a public transit project. Public transit projects lose money, receive subsidies, no one should go into a project like this deluding themselves otherwise. In this case it’s subsidies for mostly well-off customers at the expense of on average less well off taxpayers. And relatively well off people who travel by air will choose more convenient door-to-door options, that can’t be a surprise either.