News and Notes from Around the Interweb:
- Lucky reports that British Airways Avios has stopped adding fuel surcharges to award redemptions on Air Berlin which flies New York, Miami, and Los Angeles to Berlin as well as Ft. Myers, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Miami, New York and Vancouver to Dusseldorf. Great cheap way across the Atlantic using British Airways points.
- Frequent Miler Highlights the MyVanilla Pin-based debit card that’s now available for online ordering. You can use this card instead of an American Express gift card to earn 5 miles per dollar on all of your spending. As a debit card, you can use it to pay taxes at a very small fee. As a pin-based debit card, you should be able to use it to purchase postal money orders (which you deposit in your checking account) as well. The fees for using this card though are higher than using an Amex gift card.
- Wandering Aramean covers changes to Air Canada’s elite program for 2013.
- JetBlue won’t charge for wireless internet as they ramp up service, though pricing may go into effect once the service has been installed in 30 planes. At the Phoenix International Aviation Symposium back in March I predicted that inflight wifi will eventually be offered for free.
- Washington, DC is trying to ban the on-demand Uber car service app by requiring printed receipts (Uber emails your receipt) forbidding any company that owns fewer than 20 cars to operate inside the District (not very small business friendly generally, but Uber doesn’t own its own vehicles). DC’s incumbent taxi drivers have been big supporters of the DC mayor, and a DC Council staff member even went to prison for accepting bribes from them. Unsurprising they want to keep out competition, without even the pretense that any actual consumers have been harmed by Uber (as opposed to really really massively benefiting..).