News and notes from around the interweb:
- You can now write official Yelp reviews for the TSA—here are some of the best so far (HT: @teamrainey)
- United is offering 25% off economy roundtrip awards between US/Canada and both Brazil and Chile for travel through November 30.
- I’m starting to see some coverage pushing back on the weird claim that by disclosing the restrictions on Delta’s basic economy fares they’re somehow ‘shaming’ passengers or ‘hate-selling’ them into buying more expensive fares. When if Delta wasn’t disclosing these same people would be blasting them.
That’s the thing though: Delta is already following other airlines by adding this Spirit-style fare class to its existing flights. The difference is that – as Gary Leff pointed out on View From the Wing– unlike Spirit, Delta isn’t charging Basic Economy customers for carry-on bags and it will still serve them a free soda.
- A Canadian man’s artificial hip alarmed at the security checkpoint and since there were no male security agents on duty to frisk him he wasn’t allowed to fly.
- If you’re an American Executive Platinum member with substantially more than 100,000 ‘points’ (qualifying points — not miles – which are a function of the miles flown and your fare class) you may want to call American and ask for additional VIP systemwide upgrades. If you’re at 125,000, 150,000, or more (likely in 25,000 point increments) you may be eligible for 2 more systemwides… or even 2 more at each 25,000 point threshold. Call the Executive Platinum line and they can transfer you to AAdvantage Customer Service.
- 110 years ago Japanese restaurants were outcompeting incumbent restaurants in the US (who knew?). Union violence and laws to crack down on Japanese restaurants nearly brought the US and Japan to war.
- United is having trouble getting Chinese approval for a second San Francisco – Shanghai flight, while Delta secured its place in Shanghai with a big investment in China Eastern. Because cronyism. The kind that Delta was supposedly ‘against’ but is really only against when it benefits competitors instead of them.