News and notes from around the interweb:
- Flying Business Class as a Millennial (HT: Joel G.)
- Christopher Elliott‘s blog poll is back. Last year much to my surprise he included View from the Wing in the nominations for Best Travel Blog. A commenter here declared they were the 50th vote for me in his poll — so he docked my total 50 votes claiming that a reader here had ‘said’ they voted for me 50 times (Elliott also spent a day in the comments here bashing readers). This blog still garnered the most votes. So he declared there would be no winner. Good luck to the ‘winners’ of in this year’s voting!
- Following up on the TSA’s change to make your ability to opt out of nude-o-scopes entirely at their discretion rather than yours, reader Reid F. shares this:
Just spoke to my Congressman’s office.. They spoke to the TSA, and they were told that nothing has changed UNLESS you are on the watch list. If you are on the watch list, you will no longer be allowed to opt out. My Congressman is pushing them to make that clearer via their release. He will be getting back to me again soon.
These lists, of course, are both useless and perverse.
- Here’s something that’s never occurred to me before: If you’re allowed to check in for an international flight but are turned away at the gate, you have to return your duty free purchases because they’re no longer duty free.
- Germany strikes down online travel agency agreements that require hotels to make their best price available through the channel. On the one hand, that limits the ability to hotel websites to offer consumers lower prices, it limits competition. On the other hand, it means less price transparency, more complexity, and the need to search multiple sites to get the best prices.
- Math is hard. Last week I took this photo near my departure gate of a Travelex currency exchange booth. You know you’re getting hosed if for no other reason than they’re listing how much foreign currency you can buy with $1250 rather than $1000. They ‘hide’ the bad exchange rate with math.