News and notes from around the interweb:
- Australia’s Competition and Consumer Commission is focusing on unfair airline adhesion contracts and looking to deal with too-high change penalties and misleading statements like non-refundable which isn’t true when airlines fail to perform. Qantas is taking a defiant stance while Virgin Australia is publicly ‘welcoming’ of the conversation.
- Air France’s Joon pretends to be all about appealing to millennials. So why are they replacing mainline service with Joon on Paris – Tehran?
- Marriott’s website and mobile app turned off in Shanghai for a week because they sent out a survey that listed Taiwan and Tibet separately as countries. Marriott has apologized, and is required to “conduct a thorough check on all contents it posted on its website and online application to prevent anything similar.” (HT: Doctor of Credit)
Executive Lounge, JW Marriott Shanghai at Tomorrow Square, Credit: Marriott
- Asiana will only let their own passengers access their lounges using Priority Pass. A new change that went into effect January 1. Not a huge deal though because everywhere in South Korea other than Seoul where Asiana has lounges Priority Pass provides access to Korean Air lounges (and Priority Pass has lounges at Seoul Incheon as well).
- Former Spirit Airlines CEO Ben Baldanza thinks Basic Economy fares are good for both legacy airlines and ultra low cost carriers
- Unwittingly ordering counterfeit goods on Amazon could get you denied for Global Entry (HT: Joe K.)
- Saying goodbye to Virgin America.