News and notes from around the interweb:
- Jet Airways suspended a pilot “over allegations that he assaulted a woman and hurled racist abuse at another passenger on a domestic flight.”
Strikingly an article in Arabian Business over an incident on a domestic flight in India references United Airlines having a passenger dragged off a flight.
- El Al is considering ditching first class and offering a new ‘premium’ cabin between business and economy with good seats but coach service.
- Southwest Airlines says they will stop overbooking flights. JetBlue doesn’t oversell flights, but their involuntary denied boardings are relatively high because of aircraft swaps.
- Capital One eating subprime credit card losses (HT: Alan H.)
- More than one passenger had cocaine in their underpants on the same flight to New York
- Wyndham Rewards sees its revampled, simplified rewards program now with elite benefits and the ability to redeem points for timeshares as a key driver of profit going forward.
Wyndham Worldwide is more committed than ever to using what CEO Holmes called its “blue thread,” the Wyndham Rewards loyalty program, to generate more business for all of its businesses, especially timeshares.
The company plans to rely heavily on its loyalty program to generate more timeshare tours among its hotel guests, which could potentially lead to increased timeshare sales.
The Wyndham Rewards program, which was relaunched in 2015 to appeal to “everyday travelers,” now has more than 50 million members, 79 percent of whom are redeeming their points through the program. Since its revamp the program has received a number of accolades for its simpler, more straightforward approach to hotel loyalty.