News and notes from around the interweb:
- I hear this regularly from Delta elites – not bothering to clear the upgrade list at the gate (especially when passengers misconnect) seems to be a bigger problem at Delta than at United or even American.
Delta says that they have to raise the requirements for elite status (while shifting the goalposts to spend on their premium credit cards) because they don’t have enough first class seats. Of course as they sell more and more of their first class cabin they should consider adding more seats! But before making status harder to earn without providing more benefits, they should fill the seats that they do have.
- If you’re eligible to use the American Airlines International First Class Lounge at London Heathrow, there are better lounges in Heathrow’s terminal 3 you have access to anyway.
Heads up American Airlines passengers flying from/through London Heathrow: AA is now operating its "International First Class Lounge" between 5am and 5pm daily.
That means it's closing 2.5 hours earlier than it was before. pic.twitter.com/p9QtLlrk84
— JT Genter (@JTGenter) January 26, 2024
- DOT rules against extending Delta-Aeromexico antitrust immunity past October 2024 saying the conditions that allow for it no longer exist, since the Mexican government isn’t abiding by the U.S.-Mexico Air Services Agreement. Unclear whether Delta will appeal.
- I have lost my ability to even… ‘WWDPD, What Would Doug Parker Do?’
- More memes.
- Tilting at windmills from the very beginning. Twenty two years ago when I launched this blog, the first thing I did that got broad viral attention was creating bumper stickers to Impeach Norm Mineta as Secretary of Transportation (the TSA had been part of DOT before it was moved to the newly-created Department of Homeland Security). The tagline for the stickers was “Liberty & Security Not Bureaucracy.”
I’m on the losing side of almost every battle. Now there is a life-sized Mineta statue at San Jose airport.
- Rhapsody In Blue at 100 (NYT) United originally licensed it in 1987 at $300,000 per year.