The Best of the Rest is my effort to summarize all the travel/miles & points stories that interested me on a daily basis but didn’t have time to write about in length. Culled from over 100 blogs/authors I follow, some are passed along without comment, while I add my analysis to others. This is your shortcut to find out what’s going on in the travel world without having to read dozens of travel blogs to get all the best info.
Here’s what I’m reading about today:
Two roundtrip tickets to Italy for just over $1,000! This isn’t the first time they’ve run this offer, but I think it was $1200 last time?
Is Delta growing a mini-hub in San Jose? This would strike me as a better move almost 20 years ago, as tech has spread out quite a bit over the past decade. I like SJC as an airport, though. It’s never really very crowded, making it a reasonable airport to connect in/arrive at.
United is giving out free lounge passes for folks who donate to their Toys for Tots drive. A good way to help out a child with a happier holiday and get something valuable in return.
Christopher Elliot is made at American Airlines for their hold policy. Now, I’m not saying I’m View From The Wing, who does a good job of pointing out many of Elliott’s inaccuracies. But, if you’re going to beat up on my favorite airline (and be wrong), I need to weigh in.
American Airlines offers a 24-hour courtesy hold on any fare. They do so because DOT gave all the airlines a choice of either offering a 24-hour hold or giving customers 24 hours to cancel a ticket they book. Elliott thinks American is doing something nefarious:
American had a chance to do the right thing when it harmonized its policies with US Airways. It decided that this customer-unfriendly policy would serve it best, and I have no doubt that it has. But it made the wrong call.
Reasonable people can disagree on which policy is better for a specific traveler. But, neither is customer un-friendly. And, from a basic economic sense, would you rather have an airline take your money and then have to ask them to return it, or would you rather they gave you an extra 24 hours to pay them? Uh, yeah.
Hyatt is opening an Andaz property in Scottsdale, Arizona. That’s a great market for that brand, and I’m always happy to see a new full-service property from my favorite brand in the US.
How much does it cost to earn 1.2 million miles? I’m pretty impressed Frequent Miler hit this goal. Wish I was going to Necker Island as well!