Notable Airline, Hotel and Travel Industry News: January 18, 2013

  • Following up on the big reveal of their new image yesterday, American Airlines launched a redesigned website today. Appropriately sporting the new logo, it’s much cleaner and very attractive, in my opinion. And more importantly, everything seems to work.
  • American is reportedly matching Delta’s Diamond Medallion SkyMiles members to Executive Platinum, according to reports on Flyertalk. This may not be new, as American has been matching United 1Ks as well, but it certainly eases the pain for Delta fliers looking to switch elsewhere after they introduced a Medallion Qualifying Dollars requirement for 2014.
  • MLT Vacations, the tour operator owned by Delta Air Lines, will be dumping United Vacations as it focuses on Delta Vacations and other partnerships with SkyTeam member airlines. No replacement has been named yet, but I’m certain competition for the business will be stiff. Personal note: I’m always intrigued by wholesaler/vacation-packager news since I worked for two such organizations in the 1990s.
  • The TSA says they’ll be dumping the Rapiscan scanners by June, which are the X-ray backscatter machines that produce the “Nude-O-Scope” images. Full body scanning machines will still be in airports, but of the less invasive Gumby-image variety as seen at many airports today.
  • A Marine recruit reportedly had second thoughts about boot camp by jumping a fence at San Diego Airport, losing his pants and hiding in a janitor’s van near the Southwest Airlines terminal. File this under weird airport news.

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