News and notes from around the interweb:
- The Merrill+ Visa has a 50,000 point offer worth $1000. This is a no annual fee card that will give you a Delta SkyClub membership after $50,000 spend in a year (or choose a $200 travel credit instead). Windbag Miles does the math.
Delta Sky Club Seattle, credit: Delta
- Before Franz Kafka became a major figure in literature in the early 20th century (he died in 1924) — even if you haven’t read his works you may know the term Kafkaesque which describes the bureaucratic situations his characters find themselves in — he wanted to be a budget travel writer. (HT: Marginal Revolution)
Questions that his guides proposed to address are ones that tourists still seek answers for now. On which days do museums have reduced fees? Are there any free concerts? Should you travel by taxi or tram? How much should you tip? There was also a suggestion to include advice on where to find erotic and sexual entertainment for a fair price.
Stach writes: “Kafka and Brod were convinced that a travel guide that answered all these questions candidly and supplied a select few reasonable and reliable recommendations would instantly beat out the competition … With a series of this kind, they could earn millions, especially if it was published in several languages.”
- American’s uniform disaster VP Hector Adler gets bumped up to Senior VP. He retires next year. He ‘retired’ from Northwest Airlines as Vice President of Inflight Services in 2005 as well. Smart move, blame the uniforms flight attendants say are making them sick on the guy headed out the door.
- On Thursday Brett Snyder tweeted that “United will suspend its Auckland flight for northern summer..flights return in Nov” and the seasonality of San Francisco – Auckland is now confirmed. With Air New Zealand’s new Houston flight and American’s new Los Angeles flight in addition to the launch of United service there’s simply too much US-New Zealand direct capacity that isn’t sustainable during the off season.
- El Al flight to New York delayed 4 hours when a cat traveling as cargo escaped. They spent the time trying to find the cat, didn’t find it, then took off.
- How a jet engine starts: