News and notes from around the interweb:
- Giveaway of semi-private jet inaugural flight tickets including domestic airfare to and from the inaugural
- 250 free Virgin America points for entering sweepstakes
- Uber publishes their first transparency report. Governments sure request a lot of data from them, and it’s mostly not even law enforcement.
- Congratulations to JohnnyJet whose wife got an immigration visa without using a lawyer
- How to earn miles and points without leaving home. Stephanie Rosenbloom in the New York Times recommends this blog.
- Would DOJ consider trying to block Alaska’s acquisition of Virgin American even though it’s not anti-competitive? Though I think Alaska overpaid, and would prefer Virgin America’s unique inflight product hang around, I actually see this merger as pro-competition since it turns Alaska Airlines into a larger player, on a path towards becoming big enough to give us a ‘fifth domestic airline’ (which we lost with the American-US Airways merger).
- That time Singapore Airlines almost bought Qantas
- Female Air France crew are being allowed to opt out of Iran flights because of the attire rules, to which some object. Now it seems that gay crewmembers don’t want to fly to Iran either.