News and notes from around the interweb:
- New Starbucks refer-a-friend program
- Earning the full 30,000 American mile bonus for a Citi checking account without fees or meeting a minimum balance requirement.
- American AAdvantage elites get complimentary access to Alaska Airlines ‘preferred plus’ extra legroom seating (.pdf)… while Delta elites do not. Next shot in the Battle for Seattle, Delta? (HT: Jim T.)
- Apparently in certain markets, Uber has been successful at attracting more drivers than needed to satisfy consumer demand. And so they’ve been able to up their take out of each ride from 20% to 25%. Now they’re testing a model where they take 5% more from new drivers and reduce their commission after a set number of drives. This incentivizes drivers to stay on the platform, and helps cover Uber’s fixed costs associated with bringing on a driver — but naturally cuts into driver income when first signing up. (HT: tom911)
- Does cabin noise influence the taste of inflight meals?
- A woman began renting through Airbnb and then started accepting payments outside of their system. Thus, she lost Airbnb’s protection. And the renters stayed and didn’t pay. And she eventually had to pay them off to leave. Because, California.