My heart goes out to the family and friends of those about EgyptAir Flight MS804.
Here’s what I’m reading about today in the world of travel:
In Case You Missed It: Part 2 of my review for the lovely Hyatt Regency Coconut Point. Also, 10,000 Starpoints for referring someone to the SPG AMEX.
Premium Economy is coming to American Airlines’ domestic fleet in 2017. That’s unlikely to be good news for elites.
Now that Oscar Munoz is back at the helm of United, he’s promising that the recent changes for the better are only the beginning. I’m definitely optimistic that Munoz can do better than Smisek, though I guess that’s not setting much of a standard. If it’s one thing the airlines have taught me over the years, it’s “Don’t Expect Much and You Might Be Impressed. Someday.”
Southwest is making your award points worth less today than they were yesterday. I really wish I could get more upset about this, but I’m not terribly surprised. One of the selling points for revenue-based programs was the certainty to know what your points could buy you, since they’re based on the price airlines charge for tickets. Shame on us for thinking that Southwest would stick to the conversion price of those points, especially since they control the price of the airline tickets they’re tied to.
I don’t think it’s a complete coincidence that they waited until after Freddie voting to make this change.
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