News and notes from around the interweb:
- American Express is ending the OPEN Savings program June 1. These were discounts at certain merchants when paying with a small business card. I haven’t used it much since Hyatt dropped out of the program, but plenty of people still got value out of the 5% rebate on Hertz spend.
- Airlines that still fly to Venezuela generally won’t allow sales of tickets from inside the country in the nation’s currency. Now that nation’s dictator is demanding that airlines accept his own fiat cryptocurrency for tickets.
- The level of detail that goes into modern air travel American moves from dry ice to 8 pound ice bags to (2) 5 pound bags.
- Jet Airways still still 24% owned by Etihad, but Jet is now positioning itself as a vassal of Delta. Etihad is reportedly looking to sell its stake.
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- The hourly worker Marriott fired to appease China. Don’t forget they self-reported a banned book in one of their hotels, too.
- China Eastern, in which Delta owns a stake, is putting business class suites with doors on new 787-9s for their Shanghai Airlines subsidiary — a similar Thompson Vantage XL product to what Delta uses. They have a new first class suite as well.
- Why no one wants to fly Air India: operational performance