News and notes from around the interweb:
- Virgin Australia could be taken private in 2017
- Alaska Airlines reminds us that revenue-based mileage earning is about cutting marketing spend, not ‘doing more’ for your best customers.
“I think it may cost us more to have a mileage-based program than a revenue-based program, but the lost revenue from alienating loyal customers is more than we wanted to take on,” [Managing Director of Loyalty Marketing Ryan] Butz said.
Don’t forget too that United, Delta, and American didn’t just change how they award miles for flying, they devalued their award charts too. They don’t reward high spenders more, they just reduced the value proposition for those flyers less.
- Here’s what happens on the airplane before you board your flight
- Former TSA Administrator Kip Hawley thinks PreCheck passengers should be screened more and required to go through nude-o-scopes, though those are neither necessary nor sufficient for preventing terrorism. Bruce Schneier writes,
PreCheck tells us that, basically, there are no terrorists. If 1) it’s an easier way through airport security that terrorists will invariably use, and 2) there have been no instances of terrorists using it in the 10+ years it and its predecessors have been in operation, then the inescapable conclusion is that the threat is minimal. Instead of screening PreCheck passengers more, we should screen everybody else less. This is me in 2012: “I think the PreCheck level of airport screening is what everyone should get, and that the no-fly list and the photo ID check add nothing to security.”
- Take 3 Amtrak trips get 1 free
- How to use toilets in Japan. In case you were wondering. (HT: Alan H.)