Free Hilton Status and a $4.3 Million Hotel Stay

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News and notes from around the interweb:

  • So this is interesting. Vital Card is just a 1% rebate card but it also pays you every month, on an ongoing basis, for the people you refer.

    They’re in pre-launch so you never know exactly how this is going to work out. And I have a hard time telling people they should actually put spending on the card, but it’ll be interesting to watch and play with. Sign up and get your own referral link, you’re welcome to leave yours in the comments.

  • The simple reason airlines like to take out seat back video screens, have fewer pages in their inflight magazine (that aren’t ads), and have less baggage in the cabin or the hold: fuel savings.

    Switching its in-flight magazine Hemisphere to a lighter variety of paper that saved an ounce a copy has saved United Airlines 170,000 gallons of fuel a year, the L.A. Times reported on Saturday, citing an “internal message to employees.” Per the paper, the 11 fewer pounds a flight save approximately 170,000 gallons or $290,000 in fuel costs annually…

    [S]topping on-board sales of duty-free items like “perfumes, chocolates and liquor” also saved 1.4 millions of gallons of fuel annually, saving United Airlines $2.3 million.

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  • On February 7 Lufthansa defied a ‘no board order’ from the US government to prevent a passenger from traveling to US as part of its Muslim ban. According to the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General they were actually correct to do so.
  • If you can’t use your American AAdvantage miles on actual award tickets, there’s always this.. (HT: Phil S.)

    Free Hilton Status and a $4.3 Million Hotel Stay

  • Iraq will start collecting overflight fees
  • Cathay Pacific, which dropped The Peninsula managing its Hong Kong lounges nearly two years ago, is dropping replacement Plaza Premium in favor of Sodexo claiming that this will improve quality although it’s not obvious to me that’s the case.

    By the way the old Dragonair gate 16 lounge is expected to re-open as The Deck in March.

    Free Hilton Status and a $4.3 Million Hotel Stay
    Cathay Pacific’s The Pier First Class Lounge, Hong Kong

Free Hilton Status and a $4.3 Million Hotel Stay

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