News and notes from around the interweb:
- “Low-cost airlines: They changed the world — but what next?” (HT: Jonathan W.)
- A flight attendant was found with 60 pounds of cocaine in her bag at LAX. Flight attendants, and trusted crew generally, make good mules because they usually receive less scrutiny.
Very much reminiscent of the Lufthansa flight attendants who were arrested in a quantitative easing scheme in 2011. Out of circulation euro coins were sent to China to be melted down. The flight attendants brought back 63,000 pounds of these €1 and €2 coins over four years.
- “Do Millennials Really View Travel Differently?” Consultants frequently tell loyalty programs that millenials want instant gratification (read: low-value merchandise awards, which is usually the service they’re trying to sell to the programs). But millenials redeem for free travel just like everyone else, and are more likely to redeem for hotel upgrades, their number 2 redemption from hotel programs.
- Alaska Airlines will now let you redeem miles for TSA PreCheck. At 10,000 miles to cover the $85 fee, that’s a terrible deal. (HT: One Mile at a Time)
- A strongly pro-management take in the current battle between United and dissident shareholders fronted by Gordon Bethune
- Southwest is targeting customers who have a Known Traveler number in their profile for temporary A-List elite status and an expedited path to renewal. Because I flew Southwest back in November I added by number so I’d receive PreCheck. Now I’m a Southwest elite!
As a TSA PreCheck™ and Rapid Rewards® Member, you’re already getting great benefits. We’re now giving you even more by allowing you to experience A-List status and its special perks through May 25, with the opportunity to extend it.
To extend your A-List status through December 31, 2016, register, book, and complete 2 revenue roundtrip flights (or 4 revenue one-way flights), or earn 5,850 Tier Qualifying Points, between March 21 and May 25, 2016.