Friday Tidbits: A few points, a little news

  • Rocketmiles is offering 1,000 miles on your next booking if you can predict who will win the World Cup.  Personally, I feel that if you know who is going to win the cup, you should be on the next flight to Vegas, but that’s just me.
  • The TSA security fee is set to go up on July 21.  Current policy is $2.50 per segment or $10 roundtrip, whichever is less.  On July 21, however, you will pay $5.60 one-way, regardless of how many segments are in the trip.  Even better, if you have a long layover (four hours domestically, 12 internationally), you could end up getting hit with the fee again, since it’s considered a separate trip.  What really gets my goat, however, is that although the law makes it sound like the money will be used for airline security, it will actually go into general funds, meaning that it can be used anywhere the government pleases, not dissimilar to your social security taxes.  On the plus side, that’s better than paying for another box of rubber gloves so the TSOs can probe even more passengers.
  • The US Travel Association, a trade group for “all components of the travel industry,” put out a highly-publicized survey about how much delays and travel hassles were costing the economy.  Passengers chose “delays and cancellations” as their biggest concern about traveling, followed closely by airline fees.  Not surprisingly, they had several suggestions, including spending a lot of money (paid by more fees) to upgrade airport infrastructure and air traffic control (ATC).  I’m mixed on the whole subject.  While the survey is clearly self-serving, ATC remains a huge problem and an upgrade is well overdue.  On the other hand, and I know that this comment won’t make everyone happy, the fees are the cost of doing business.  Even in the best of times, it’s hard for the airlines to make a profit.  While I don’t always agree with the actual implementation of the fees, airlines are a business and have a right to charge what they want.  You may now throw eggs at me.
  • Let’s end this week on a happy note.  For those of you who haven’t seen the new Delta security video spoofing the 80’s, it’s a must see.  And yes, this is the actual video that they show onboard.  Enjoy:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eduNjwNvcH4&feature=kp

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