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News and notes from around the interweb:
- Doctor of Credit says that — while it’s not supposed to work this way — in practice you can select the airline you’d like your airline fee credit with for a Platinum Card from American Express or a Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express even shortly after making a qualifying purchase (e.g. a few minutes or hours) and still receive credit back.
- LAST CHANCE: Free: 5 nights in a suite plus dinner and massages at Maya Sri Lanka courtesy of Luxury Travel Diary.
- Fresh on the heels of India allowing foreign ownership of airlines, Brazil’s lower house has voted to end the cap on foreign ownership of airlines. The measure still has to go to the Senate. The country’s interim President supports the measure.
As I said on Tuesday, the US could learn something here. If we want more competition in the airline industry, we should allow foreign ownership of airlines operating in the U.S. Let Ryanair and Singapore Airlines compete against United, Delta, and American.
- Etihad now allows passengers connecting from first class to business class into their new first class lounge in Abu Dhabi.
- Fighter jets escorted diverted Delta jet. The usual response applies.
- @brentdutcher reports that United is refusing day pass holders (like those that come with its co-brand credit card) access to the open Chicago O’Hare Terminal 1 lounge while they’re renovating others.
This is consistent with their terms and conditions, but a poor passenger experience, and signals that cobrand cardholders are second class customers.
- The pilot of Sunday’s British Airways flight BA837 from Dublin to London gets into a pissing match with a controller. Other pilots then mock the BA captain.