News and notes from around the interweb:
- Virgin America doesn’t have a single partner award chart, so someone made one.
- Virgin America, by the way, has asked the DOT to remove limitations on the number of aircraft it’s allowed to operate.
- More details on United’s CEO: his doctor’s report positively on his heart transplant, and he’s expected to return to the airline by early second quarter.
- Malaysia Airlines has eliminated alcohol on flights under 3 hours. Oh well. At least they have really good satay.
- The world’s most on-time airlines
airBaltic is followed by Panama’s Copa Airlines (91.69 percent), Brazil’s Azul (91.03 percent), Japan Airlines (90.44 percent), All Nippon Airways (89.65 percent), Finnair (89.52 percent), Brazil’s TAM (89.5 percent), Austrian Airlines (89.28 percent), Hawaiian Airlines (89.11 percent) and LOT-Polish Airlines (88.88 percent).
- What Changes to Loyalty Programs in 2016 Will Mean for Travelers: US News with my take as well as that of Brian Kelly, Ben Schlappig, and Scott Mackenzie
- Marriott’s MegaBonus will return with registration January 19 and earning February 1 – May 15. I’m told this round will be different, with “multiple levels of incentives.”
- El Bulli Chef: Opening in London Is Like Remaking Star Wars. The brother of Ferran Adria (chef of El Bulli) is opening in London (HT: Alan H.)