News and notes from around the interweb:
- Now Boarding interviews me for their latest podcast on how I started blogging, favorite destinations and programs, who hates me, and I answer a lightning round of questions. Give it a listen.
- Delta was first out of the gate this year cracking down on emotional support animals. Now they are banning kittens and puppies as emotional support animals and banning all emotional support animals on flights 8 hours or longer effective December 18.
Whether you like or hate the new stricter approach US airlines are taking responsibility largely lies with the Trump administration which has been far more supportive of airlines imposing restrictions than the Obama administration Department of Transportation had been.
- Get 500 free Singapore Airlines miles when you join the program by the end of the year and use promo code KFLY. Singapore of course is a valuable program, transfer partners with Chase, Citi, American Express and now Capital One.
- United is now offering 50% elite credit on basic economy fares instead of nothing, matching American. Of course United still remains as the only US airline which doesn’t permit a full sized carry on for domestic customers (without elite status or a co-brand credit card) flying basic economy.
Since United is also now charging for more seats in coach that don’t even have extra legroom there’s little incentive to ‘buy up’ from basic economy for most customers — pay more for the right to pre-select a seat which will itself then cost more.
- A flexible ticket may not mean what you think it means Qantas charges woman $500 to fly home when her house catches fire.
- Lost in translation (or not…)
I suspect something has been lost in translation. pic.twitter.com/SypVqVfAsl
— Jon Ostrower (@jonostrower) December 10, 2018
- Republic Airlines, operating as United Express, is responding to criticism for not diverting when a passenger on board experienced seizures.
[A] “hero” tended to another woman who was suffering from seizures during [United flight 3466] from Houston to Cincinnati on Sunday, and she wants to know why the pilot didn’t land so the woman could get medical attention.