News and notes from around the interweb:
- Germany should give up on the new Berlin airport and start from scratch
- Delta launched optional finger print in lieu of boarding pass boarding at Washington National airport
- I write predominantly about travel in premium cabins, so I thought it would be useful to link to the best options to fly cross country in economy.
- United names a 16 year ExxonMobile executive as new head of government relations. For 10 of those years current Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was ExxonMobil CEO. That makes her a hot commodity for anyone seeing to curry favor with the Department of State.
- Amtrak MasterCard 30,000 points after $1000 minimum spend
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- AmEx Is in Hand-to-Hand Combat With JPMorgan Over Rewards Cards
American Express Co. spent the most in at least nine years on rewards last quarter as it worked to retain customers lured by a spate of recent offerings from competitors. AmEx, which has described its core U.S. card holders as those with annual income over $200,000, has seen wealthy customers flock to new products like JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s Sapphire Reserve.
AmEx’s Doug Buckminster, the president of global consumer services, said in March that his company has been in “hand-to-hand combat” with JPMorgan as issuers sweeten rewards to attract business.
- Senator Ted Cruz wrote a hack letter in favor of protectionism against Emirates, Etihad, and Qatar. He is Senator from American’s home state, and has proven himself ideologically ‘flexible’ over the past couple of years.