News and notes from around the interweb:
- Resort fees are dishonest — if a fee is not optional, it’s part of the room rate and shouldn’t be hidden. Marriott passes along resort fees and all add-on charges on award nights. Hilton and Hyatt do not. Hyatt even waives resort fees as a top tier elite benefit on paid stays, too.
Here’s a petition for Marriott to waive resort fees as an elite benefit. But since the new program was explicitly structured to reduce the cost of the program for hotel owners and devaluations are all about the bottom line for the program itself going and spending more on members (no matter how reasonable or desirable) seems unlikely.
- American Airlines just announced a partnership with Blade Helicopters and the LAX Private Suite and now lets you buy into the Flagship Lounge and even Flagship Dining via Five Star. Well Blade is reducing prices and American Airlines is reducing them to coincide. (HT: Tommy L)
Flagship First Dining New York JFK
- With several of American’s 737-800s still out of service due to faulty work on Oasis retrofit interiors, the airline has agreed to give pay protection to flight attendants affected by cancellations rather than their having to rebid for flights and hope to pick up work. Definitely the right thing to do, but unlikely management will get much credit for having done this.
- What four fatal crashes from the 1960s say about the 737 MAX I don’t think the analogy quite holds, but always helpful to put incidents and investigations in context.
- Now it’s Air India whose award space United can’t book
- The pilot was given paperwork to fly to the wrong destination (country, even).
@British_Airways can you please explain how can my morning flight taking off from LCY to Dusseldorf land in Edinburgh 😅? While an interesting concept, I don't think anyone on board has signed up for this mystery travel lottery… #BA3271 #frequenttravel #britishairways
— Son Tran (@sontrantuan) March 25, 2019