News and notes from around the interweb:
- Possible Uber co-brand credit card, the ideas for it though represent a pretty weak value proposition. (HT: IadisGr8)
- United’s small business Perks Plus program now allows points to be transferred to MileagePlus miles. A minimum of 10,000 points required to transfer, no account can receive fewer than 5000 miles per transaction, and no recipient can receive over 100,000 miles a year this way. (HT: Reid F.)
- American Airlines in advanced talks to make a $200 million investment in China Southern which is currently a member of SkyTeam. More uncreative copying of Delta which took a $450 million stake in China’s most subsidized airline China Eastern.
- There really was a snake on this plane in Alaska. Samuel L. Jackson’s famous line is very much Not Safe For Work:
- Pakistan International Airlines flight attendant arrested for shoplifting in Paris (HT: P.C.) She probably decided she needed a new laptop upon learning that the U.S. was banning large electronics on flights to the U.S. by Emirates, Etihad, and Qatar but not on PIA because Pakistan is only where Osama bin Laden was living with the support of that nation’s security services.
- Lufthansa subsidiary Eurowings will no longer allow Senators or HON Circle members to have lounge access when flying on the cheapest economy fares, for tickets purchased March 26 onward. HON Circle effectively requires purchase of nearly all premium cabin international tickets, since the qualification requirement is 600,000 qualifying miles over two consecutive calendar years. But sure, kick them out of the lounge on a cheap domestic flight.
- Not just the TSA