News and notes from around the interweb:
- The LAX Theme Building, currently home to the USO lounge, could become part of a hotel and conference center.
- Austin airport is considering allowing people through security who aren’t flying. Tampa and Pittsburgh have programs to allow this. At Austin it would be especially nice now that the new public outdoor deck is open, one of the nicest spots at any airport in the country.
- Anti-trust complaint: Expedia and Booking.com punish hotels that allow lower prices to be displayed on other sites. If an online travel agency site discounts a hotel (eg by taking a lower commission and passing savings onto the customer) the hotel gets punished in search.
As if we needed more evidence that Expedia is not the consumer’s friend. When you search Expedia the results aren’t geared to ensuring you get the best hotel for your needs.
Expedia Dancers Don’t Provide Customer Service. Flickr: Juggernautco
- Chase Freedom’s 5x earning categories for July 1 through September 30 have been announced as gas stations and streaming services (including Netflix, Hulu, Sling, Vudu, FuboTV, Apple Music, SiriusXM, Pandora and Spotify). Activate starting June 15 and earn 5 points per dollar on the first $1500 spent in these categories during the quarter.
- Bring Back Bob is a campaign for the return of Bob Crandall as CEO of American Airlines. He’s 83 years old, retired from American 21 years ago, and wasn’t exactly a peach — but he represents what is in some ways the airline’s glory days.
- Bernie Sanders attacks Amazon over their new secured card with rewards, which is better than secured cards that do not offer rewards. Contra his tweet, of course, Amazon isn’t the card issuer Synchrony Bank is. His proposal to gut access to credit for most Americans would fall hardest on the poor. Here’s what Sanders served for dinner when he chartered a Boeing 767 to meet the Pope.
Can you believe it? Amazon is issuing credit cards with 28% interest rates to "help" people with bad credit. This kind of greed makes the poor even poorer and @AOC and I intend to outlaw it. Corporations will have to survive on a 15% cap on interest rates. https://t.co/O3v1XOoMk3
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) June 12, 2019