News and notes from around the interweb:
- When Delta raised the price of partner award tickets without notice — ironically, copying United for a change in having different prices for awards on their own flights versus partners — there was still a ‘trick’ to get the same lower Delta pricing when flying partners. You just needed a connecting flight.
- The hotel industry is lobbbying around the country to create new rules that will make Airbnb’ing out your home illegal. Lobbysts claimed responsibility for victory in New York state.
- New York City is proposing to require Uber to offer in-app tipping. In 1984 George Will wrote a book Statecraft as Soulcraft where he suggested that government policy shapes the moral framework of society. I hate tipping, though it seems it ought to be an option, requiring companies to facilitate the practice — officially promoting tipping as a government policy — seems like a bad idea, however.
- Cathay Pacific plans for a new regional business class to debut in 2019. Of course I’m most looking forward to their new first class.
- The story behind why filmmaker Laura Poitras — who was one of the journalists Edward Snowden gave NSA files to in Hong Kong — was getting stopped by airport security and by immigration authorities incessantly for years.
- Austin airport’s new 3 gate South Terminal is open. I’m unlikely to see it because it’s a different building than the main terminal and the two aren’t connected post-security. Currently only Allegiant operates out of it. The airport runs a shuttle between the two terminals.
Travelers at the retro-themed building will board their flights not via jet-bridges, but rather by going outside and climbing stairs to their planes. Fliers will be able to sit indoors or out while waiting for their flights. There’ll also be a pet relief area and an outdoor food-truck retail area
- Hotels aren’t changing their overbooking policies (oh yes, lost in all of the airline hate, hotels overbook too.)
- Three decade time lapse of the earth created by Google (HT: Kalil D.)