News and Notes from Around the Interweb:
- US Airways is partially matching United’s move by increasing domestic change fees to $200. This match makes it more likely that American and Delta do as well, but there’s no hurry in a decision for any carrier.
If Delta and American do not, and United and US Airways see any booking away effect, they could pull back. But if they don’t pull back, either Delta or American may follow suit — and if one does, the other is unlikely to remain the last carrier at a standard $150 in my view.
- Back in December I flagged Southwest’s plan to charge a fee on tickets not flown and not cancelled prior to flight. This new no show policy has been announced for purchases May 10 onward and travel beginning September 13. A requirement to cancel prior to departure doesn’t bother me.
- Registration is now available for Starwood’s May 1 through July 31 double points (at most hotels) promotion, which also earns 500 bonus points for reservations booked on Starwood’s mobile site or iPhone/Android mobile apps.
- US Airways and American want to offer reciprocal mileage earning and redemption very quickly once their merger closes. Not a surprise. Of concern though is this:
“Harmonizing” is exactly what I worry about, since US Airways doesn’t serve meals on flights under 3.5 hours.
They also want to let passengers earn and redeem miles on the other carrier’s frequent-flier plan, and harmonize some product offerings such as food and beverages on board and align some passenger processing procedures, Mr. Isom said.