Cranky on the Web (January 13 – 17)

Airline merger will hurt some cardholdersPhiladelphia Inquirer
Apparently the decision to stop allowing Amex Platinum access to US Airways clubs is causing quite a stir with some people crying that the airlines promised it would be a consumer-friendly merger. If people think every single move will be consumer-friendly, they’re crazy.

In the Trenches: Reviewing 2013, Planning for 2014Intuit Small Business Blog
It’s time to look back on 2013 and set up plans for 2014.

Meet American’s Envoy: A Funny Thing About Regional Airline NamesConde Nast Daily Traveler
American Eagle Airlines is changing its name to Envoy. Of course, as a traveler, you’ll never really know or care.


6 Responses to Cranky on the Web (January 13 – 17)

  1. Sean S. says:

    Mergers definitely create a situation of losers and winners when it comes to alliances and the various card-deals. That said the biggest question for the American/US Airways will continue to be the question about service and the potential loss of service, with the first details coming down of cuts to a variety of small to midsized airports from National as a part of the divestiture. It’ll be interesting to see who will take up those routes, if any.

  2. Ron says:

    Envoy is also the name of the US Airways business class product. Is that going away? Otherwise it could get confusing.

  3. No Fly Zone says:

    If I carried AMEX Platinum (I do not) I’d raise hell with AMEX, not U.S. Airways or Amerikan Airlines.

  4. Bob Ross says:

    When American took over TWA they refused to honor my lifetime TWA club card. I have not been on a American Airline flight since. I used my American miles for rental cars.

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