News and notes from around the interweb:
- Should you give up your seat on an overbooked flight? (for voluntary denied boarding compensation)
- Etihad now says their bookings aren’t suffering because of the electronics ban on US flights from their Abu Dhabi hub. Qatar admits their bookings are down, and Emirates is cutting 20% of their US flights because of weakened demand.
- Audience breaks out into laughter at the Tribeca Film Festival when a United Airlines ad played in front of a film. It reportedly lasted for “a full minute.”
- Alitalia will fly Rome to the Maldives October 31 through March 24 which is great for another SkyTeam option, although the flights are not well-timed for US connections.
The Rome-Male service will depart from Rome Fiumicino (FCO) every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday at 9:45 p.m. and will land at 11:05 a.m. on the following day. The return flight from the Maldives will depart every Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 1:10 p.m. and will land in FCO at 7:30 p.m. Flight times based on local times zones.
Arriving at the former Ibrahim Nasir International Airport, Male
- 500 bonus American AAdvantage miles for spending $200 online via the AAdvantage shopping portal through end of April.
- United’s celebrity spokesman Matt Damon gets involuntarily bumped from a flight: