News and notes from around the interweb:
- How Uber if gamifying drivers
- New United credit card bonus: Mints American has given out mints in first class for years, United will now even give out mints in economy — sponsored by their co-brand credit card — on certain flights this month out of United hubs plus Cleveland and Honolulu.
There will be a “special inflight offer printed on the box — an offer available to those who apply through the dedicated website printed on the mint boxes.”
Flight attendants have been instructed to hand out the mints following the snack and beverage service on longer flights, or with the snacks and beverages on shorter-haul trips.
- Lufthansa flight stops in Iceland to drop off passenger. That’ll teach you to misbehave in the car young lady, your parents really may leave you on the side of the road. In Iceland.
A Lufthansa flight from Los Angeles to Munich had to make an unscheduled stop in Iceland after a passenger became so unruly that the crew decided she was a danger to the plane.
Lufthansa told the dpa news agency Saturday that after the woman had been taken off the flight and turned over to local authorities in Reykjavik, the flight’s other 259 passengers and 16 crewmembers were able to continue on their journey Thursday without incident.
- Very strange case of identity theft
It started at the West Palm Beach airport in 1998. I was 26, finally old enough to rent a car on my own, and had headed down to Florida with my younger sister to see our grandparents, who lived in a modest condo complex full of other ageing middle-class Jews from New York, eight miles from the ocean.
But when I handed the clerk at the Dollar Rent-a-Car counter my driver’s license, she ran it through the system and handed it back.
- British Airways readiest premium passenger push which is sort of a joke considering their cutbacks even in premium cabins and that soon intra-European business class will have less legroom than Ryanair. Not to mention the biggest sore spot, that their business seat is one of the worst fully flat offerings on the planet.
- Iran Aseman Airlines signed a Memorandum of Understanding to purchase 30 Boeing 737 MAX planes
- The CFPB’s rule on prepaid card products won’t be implemented until April 1, 2018. It remains unclear what cards are covered by the rule.
- Gallows Humo(u)r: Virgin Atlantic has a new website BrexitCalculator.com to show how much money you’ll save because of the plummeting UK currency, and a new commercial promoting that the UK’s tragedy is your opportunity. (HT: Grab a Mile)