News and notes from around the interweb:
- How fast can you travel before it kills you?
- The long collapse of USA Today Travel. I’m glad the excellent Ben Mutzabaugh and Dawn Gilbertson still appear to be there. Years ago they picked up a feed from this blog. I also did some writing for them.
- New premium Qantas credit card has a 150,000 point signup bonus and offers first class lounge access passes. It has an AU$1200 annual fee, and still isn’t good for earning points via spend because of Australia’s regulation of interchange.
Qantas First Class Lounge Sydney
- Hertz points now expire after 18 months instead of 24 months, and best I can tell they didn’t tell anyone. It’s on their website though. I never got a notice. I note this comes after ‘joining’ SkyTeam. Sounds about right. Once upon a time Hertz was go-to. Now I wonder, does anyone still rent from them.. on purpose?
- Singapore Airlines subsidiary SilkAir will put lie flat Thompson Vantage seats in Boeing 737s I don’t love the Thompson Vantage for transatlantic long haul where it’s popular as a Boeing 767 seat, and there are some long SilkAir flights, but this is a nice step forward.
- Delta’s brand benefits from the A220
Those headlines have added to the narrative that American is falling behind, just as the headlines for Delta’s A220 have helped the airline strengthen the already-strong brand image that it is an innovator and leader in taking care of its customers. Delta was certainly smart to take advantage of the built-in customer-friendly features of the A220, but it went a step beyond. And it is going to be rewarded for that.
- The US pressured Denmark to finance new airports in Greenland as part of its geopolitical chess match with China (WSJ)
- Overbooking is becoming an issue in Canada. And it didn’t take David Dao being dragged off a United Express flight to do it. (HT: Reid F.)