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News and notes from around the interweb:
- Travel With Grant says that the Platinum Card by American Express will stop earning double points on Uber effective February 1. I wasn’t using my Amex Platinum to pay for Uber, just for the monthly Uber credit. I like the card best for 5 points per dollar on airfare (scheduled flights purchased from a passenger airline).
- El Al will launch Tel Aviv – San Francisco in late 2018 and they’re also eliminating the ‘UP’ low cost carrier within a carrier brand that flew to five European destinations, offering mainline service instead. It took them awhile to learn the lessons of Ted, Song, Metrojet, and others…
- Washington Post digital access free for Amazon Prime members for 6 months then auto-renews for $3.99/month instead of the usual $10 though you can cancel if you wish (HT: Doctor of Credit)
- A crew wedding onboard Delta’s final 747 flight
- Interview with an airport architect who worked on projects at LAX, Chicago O’Hare, New York JFK and London Heathrow. The biggest difference between US projects and those abroad is that airports internationally are frequently privately owned or managed. The British drink a lot. Airports would be designed differently with better security “if we didn’t have this big government agency that did things very slowly, which is a TSA.”
- American Airlines flight attendants will be required to take one day of ‘de-escalation training’
2018 is shaping up to be the year that American flight attendants focus on “creating relationships that LAST.” “LAST” stand for “Listen. Apologize. Solve. Thank.”
That is supposed to be the end result of a new intensive one-day training session in how to de-escalate a situation that could become ugly — and viral — if not handled properly.