News and notes from around the interweb:
- Freddie Awards Pick the Year’s Best Traveler Loyalty Programs
- Alaska Airlines lounges often impose capacity restrictions that keep out Priority Pass cardholders. Their solution to this is that effective May 1, Priority Pass will allow the cardmember access with no guests in Alaska’s Seattle, Los Angeles, and Portland lounges.
- OMG this emotional support pony in the bulkhead is wearing socks (HT: Paul H.) I’m not sure whether I hope this is a fake or desperately that this is real.
- British Airways flight diverts when a self-upgrading passenger refused to return to coach. You cannot, after all, call Chicago Aviation Police to drag a passenger off the plane when that plane is in the air. (In fact the flight was headed to Jamaica.)
- Is the TSA checking domestic airline passengers for warrants?
- Travelzoo is working on a loyalty program
- United picked the day they announced new procedures to avoid dragging passengers off of planes in the future, the day they reached a settlement with Dr. David Dao, to announce an end to their interline agreements with 5 Middle Eastern airlines. Because as United’s CEO Oscar Munoz has said, United behaves like an airline and Emirates, Etihad and Qatar “aren’t airlines.” Their lobbying efforts to ensure you fly United and don’t have options to fly competitor airlines from the Gulf region continues.