News and notes from around the interweb:
- No longer as nice to book direct: Wyndham is reducing the value of its book direct member rate. They’ve shared that instead of a straight 10%, effective August 31 the discount will vary, “we anticipate the vast majority of our hotels will remain at the full 10% discount, through the remainder of the year.” (Emphasis mine.)
- The CEO of Mileslife has a blog (I had no idea, though he’s a former miles and points blogger both in English and in Chinese) and he’s announced their entry into the Hong Kong market
- Air France KLM named Air Canada President Ben Smith as its CEO. Seems like a really good pick. French unions say they are unhappy he isn’t French. They are actually unhappy because they do not perceive him to be weak.
- Is the Detroit airport as corrupt as the Atlanta airport? And given the influence that Delta has at its hubs, why do they appear to stand idly by?
A businessman who bankrolled former Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Anthony Marrocco’s failed re-election campaign and who factored into the landmark racketeering case against ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was charged Monday in a multimillion dollar corruption case involving Detroit Metropolitan Airport.
Angelo D’Alessandro, 54, of Shelby Township, is the fourth person charged in a widening criminal case involving the airport, bribes and corrupt contracts, and raises questions about whether D’Alessandro is cooperating with a separate corruption investigation targeting Marrocco and the public works office.
- Dogs that are rejected by the TSA
- Priority Pass lounge overcrowding: Via Ian B. here’s the Marhaba Lounge at the Dubai airport as seen from the entrance to the British Airways lounge.