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News and notes from around the interweb:
- The Hotelion shared an experience using the Chase Sapphire Preferred roadside assistance benefit (something I bet you didn’t even know you had).
- United’s Polaris business class product – which features Saks Fifth Avenue bedding including a duvet and throw blanket and two pillows at each seat — is on display at the store’s flagship 5th Avenue location across 14 storefront windows.
Credit: United Airlines
The challenge right now, as evidenced by the scores of emails I’ve gotten from readers, is setting appropriate expectations. I have to argue over and over with customers that they aren’t getting the new seats on their upcoming flights over the next few months. “But the confirmation says Polaris” they tell me and I have to explain that this simply means they get the new soft product, and it will be years before more flights have the new seats.
- Bali, beautiful one day, administratively opaque the next
- The new sit down dining menus in the Chicago United Polaris lounge
- How banks are responding to a law that will limit interchange fees starting July 1 in Australia. Lower interchange fees will come to the US, if not by law then by competition from new technologies.
And of course we’ll be watching the Supreme Court’s ruling in Expressions Hair Design v. Schneiderman, a case that was argued this week on whether laws allowing cash discounts but not credit card surcharges limit retailer first amendment rights.
- Alaska Airlines redemptions on Aeromexico are no longer merely unavailable the award charts for Aeromexico travel are gone.