News and notes from around the interweb:
- Fairmont Visa customers are being product-changed to Chase Sapphire Preferred (HT: @IadisGr8)
- Free Sprint cell service for a year
- Worse than American’s new Boeing 737 MAX: 5 tortuous economy seat designs we hope never become real
- Parking in Hong Kong sets a new record (HT: Marginal Revolution)
A 188-square-foot space on Hong Kong island sold for HK$5.18 million ($664,300), or HK$27,500 a square foot, last month, newspaper Ming Pao reported Wednesday, citing land registration records.
The car park cost more than some Hong Kong homes…
- British Airways LEVEL has higher checked bag fees than you think
- Irony watch: Air India is currently receiving subsidies from the Indian government. Star Alliance is expressing concern over the government’s intention to privatize the carrier. United Airlines is a founding member of Star Alliance, and has been lobbying the US government to limit consumer flight choices and raise prices by cracking down on Emirates, Etihad, and Qatar arguing that those airlines receive subsidies.
Of course United offloaded pensions onto the federal Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation in bankruptcy. United’s rights to fly to Asian destinations from Tokyo derives from the spoils of World War II. Their Dulles hub receives protection from the ‘perimeter rule’ limiting most flights to 1250 miles or less as nearby Washington National airport.
- Three reasons sex is better on a plane (HT: Alan H.)
- ‘Travel’ is an actual addiction how many of you are suffering from it in silence?