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News and notes from around the interweb:
- Man ordered to pay $36,000 to Air Canada to reimburse them for a scam I knew him on Flyertalk as mtacchi. I remember when he flew 350,000 miles in 61 days (he was in the air 56 out of 61 days) earning over 1 million Aeroplan miles. Apparently he was using a code meant for ‘secret shoppers’ in order to book free travel.
- Annual elite stay and night credits from the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card and the Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card have posted. You earn 2 stays and 5 nights each, just for having the card, and both have a $0 annual fee the first year (then $95). It’s not too late, you can still get either card – or both – and receive the elite credits this year.
- Sad: Rat-infested British Airways Concorde rotting on London Heathrow tarmac
- One reason Delta, American, and United’s three year campaign for government protection from competition by Emirates, Etihad, and Qatar hasn’t seemed to go anywhere (yet?) with the Trump administration is that they’ve been using ex-Obama administration lobbyists who have said nasty things about Trump.
When the Senator from Delta Airlines inserted language into the tax reform bill aimed at harassing the Gulf carriers, it was killed by simply pointing out the things Delta’s lobbyists had said under the email subject line “Delta Lobbyists: RESIST”. However the Big 3 US carriers are learning from their lobbying mistakes and putting Republican lobbyists front and center instead.
- The woman who found Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee in her first class United seat (Rep. Jackson Lee represents United’s hub city of Houston) is asking for a Congressional ethics investigation. Good luck with that.
Since United didn't respond to my letters re treatment on flight #788, I've filed complaint with Office of Congressional Ethics. No case number, + according to OCE rules it cannot even disclose whether it will consider case, but I think it's important to keep this going forward. pic.twitter.com/eiqu9S8YJx
— Jean-Marie Simon (@JeanMarieSimon1) January 7, 2018
- British Airways improving long haul economy food (sort of)
- A haiku about Washington National’s gate 35. (HT: miffSC) Note that I would remove the second ‘very’ from the second line so that it would have seven syllables.
I’m so bored that I wrote a haiku about National Airport.
It’s my first poem in 42 years, so please, be kind:
I hate it so very much
Crowded. Awful. Sad.
— Steven Bennett (@steven_bennett2) January 8, 2018