Frontier Punishes Flyers Who Book Elsewhere
Frontier is making you an offer you can’t refuse.
Today, the Denver-based airline announced a series of new “improvements” (to use the airline’s language) that are only available to flyers who book directly on the carrier’s website, the just-unveiled FlyFrontier.com. These include advanced seating assignments and unrestricted frequent-flyer mile credits. Frontier is marketing the changes as “more choice, more perks, and more value.”
But for the most part, it’s more choice, perks, and value on one condition: You must book directly with the airline. Now, only “basic fare” tickets are available on Expedia, Travelocity, Orbitz, or any other online travel agency (OTA) or booking site. With basic fare, you won’t get seat assignments until check in. You’ll also be docked 50 percent of your frequent-flyer miles.
Zimbabwe: Swiss tourist fined for insulting Mugabe
The Seattle Times
Zimbabwean court officials say a Swiss tourist has been fined $200 for insulting President Robert Mugabe.
Thomas Fischer from Altnau, Switzerland was convicted by a court in northwestern Zimbabwe for criticizing Mugabe in an argument with border officials at the lake resort town of Kariba.
Prosecutors alleged that during a delay in border formalities, Fischer said Mugabe “knew how to screw people, especially foreigners.”
NY City Council Cracks Down On Illegal Hotels
The city’s tourism industry is booming but the City Council wants to make sure it’s growing legally, so they are cracking down on illegal hotels. NY1′s Courtney Gross filed the following report.
City officials want tourists to enjoy their stay in New York. They just don’t want them to stay in inadequate accommodations.
“I cannot tell you how many times the fire department has been in these buildings,” said City Councilwoman Gale Brewer. “They have been checking the sprinklers. They have been checking the egress. And they are not there.”
So the City Council approved a new crackdown on illegal hotels Wednesday.
Workers at JFK Airport Charged in Theft Ring of Airline Mini-Liquor Bottles
It was a security breach at one of the country’s busiest airports conducted on a tiny scale.
Eighteen workers at New York’s JFK Airport were arrested on Wednesday and accused of stealing more than 100,000 mini-bottles of alcohol from LSG Sky Chefs, which provides food and beverages for American Airlines.
The arrests capped off a nine-month investigation, dubbed “Operation Last Call” by the Port Authority’s Office of Inspector General.