News and notes from around the interweb:
- United is auctioning two Polaris seats for a special trip on their very first Boeing 777-300ER between Chicago and San Francisco. It’s a charter before the plane flies its domestic inaugural. (HT: Zach Honig)
- American Airlines wants a trade war with China. They say the Chinese government won’t give them the takeoff and landing slots they need to fly Los Angeles – Beijing (a route awarded to them by the DOT), so they object to renewal of Air China’s Houston – Beijing authority and they’ll “continue to object to any requests to serve U.S. routes by Chinese carriers until it is granted commercially viable takeoff and landing times at the Beijing airport.”
- Southwest Airlines gets on the Trump train. Or, rather, they see an opportunity to profit as a result of special government privilege. Which is ironic considering that they were founded fighting the government privilege of entrenched legacy airlines who tried to stop them from operating out of Dallas Love Field. Sad! (HT: @AndreaAhles)
Saying that ‘Mexican carriers’ (Aeromexico) have the most slots as a reason not to give slots to other, different airlines from Mexico with small presences now which would increase competition is disingenuous. And is Aeromexico even a Mexican carrier when it’s nearly half-owned by, and sharing revenue with, Delta?
- Bank of America seems to be closing credit card accounts of people with lots of open cards but leaving them with four open cards.
- Expedia-owned HomeAway is trying to cut down on communication between property owner and guest.
- My Coke Rewards is being discontinued