Here’s a quick peek at things I found of interest today in the world of travel:
Would you trade the ability to recline in your airline seat for a convenient place to mount your tablet for in-flight “self-supplied” entertainment? Monarch Airlines, a British low-cost carrier based at Luton airport, has installed a new seat that doesn’t recline but has a spot in the seat back in front of you to mount your tablet. HT: uggboy on Milepoint.
Is one major airline deciding there’s no money in selling miles to their customers? HT: One Mile At A Time
Scott from Hack My Trip details another good reason (well, several) to hold onto some miles. You never know when something is going to pop up. Scott details how his wife missed a flight she had scheduled and how he wasn’t able to get the “flat tire rule” applied. But, he had miles to burn which dried up the tears and made it a good day!
I think I’d be pretty ticked off if I purchased a ticket for a given type of flight and then got a notice that they were being downgraded to a discount carrier. Wandering Aramean compares Air Canada’s expansion of their discount carrier, Rouge, to folks like Delta and United (Song and TED, respectively) who failed miserably at the effort. Air Canada has switched a bunch of existing flights on their flagship carrier to low-cost Rouge service, while offering them a full refund and a discount to book the new routes at a discount. The problem with offering someone a full refund after they purchased a ticket is that they generally want to use the ticket they bought and fares are much more likely to have gone up since folks bought tickets. Maybe it’s a non-issue, but I think a voucher for future travel on Air Canada (as opposed to just a discount on the new routes) might be a better way to compensate folks.
What’s going on in your travel world today?