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Is @FakeUnitedJeff banned forever?

I think we’ve all enjoyed the purely parody account of @FakeUnitedJeff … Yes, he’s the parody of the “has been” United CEO, who was unceremoniously outed after a rather awkward outing of the Chairman of the Port Authority of NY-NJ’s flight to Columbia, South Carolina. It was an unfortunate event for Jeff Smisek, but 20 April…

United's #Bumpgate

Airlines Respond to United’s #Bumpgate

Yesterday, I asked whether the blogosphere had “over covered” #bumpgate, where we witnessed video of United’s dragging a passenger off a plane.Well, today, I thought I’d attempt a bit of lighthearted-ness with coverage of what some airlines have responded to the event with.Take for example, this advertisement which may or may not be real from Southwest:Or,…

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Was #BumpGate Over Covered in the Blogosphere?

Everyone is talking about #BumpGate, where United Airlines involuntarily denied boarding to a medical professional after he had already boarded, resulting in the Chicago Aviation Police physically removing him. You can see the offending activity right here:That video that I shared above, in 14 hours had 65,000 views. Was #BumpGate Over Covered in the Blogosphere?From a…

Patriotism and Super Bowl LI

I find the commercials of the Super Bowl to be interesting. I wrote last year of my favorite commercials. This year, I found some of the trends to be interesting, perhaps, even timely. I’ll warn you at the outright. This may very well verge on the political, but, that is not my intent. If patriotism…

Mile High Reselling Club

The Weekend Entrepreneur

Over the past few years I’ve seen an increasing trend among our peers. That is, this idea of side gigs or side hustles. I would offer that folks that this is the development of the Weekend Entrepreneur. I’ve even written about this concept in the past, when I asserted that you can only save so much,…

Attention Airlines and Hotels: Loyalty is a two-way street

The first frequent flyer program, American Airlines AAdvantage program was launched in May of 1981. The first hotel loyalty program was Holiday Inn, in February 1983, Marriott established their program in November of 1983. At that time, I would imagine that both Airlines and Hotels believed that Loyalty is a two-way street. While I’m a…

Are Amazon and Frequent Flyer Program changes similar?

With the latest news out of Amazon and Frequent Flyer Program both changes and programs in general, I can’t help but see the similarities, and I don’t mean that in a positive way. Background This past week, reports started of Amazon requiring sellers to provide receipts and in some cases, pay as much as $1,500…

Airbnb and Entrepeneurship

Recently Ed posed the question: Should Airbnb be illegal?┬áThis question resounded with me, not because I have any great interest in Airbnb. Heck, I haven’t even stayed at an Airbnb. But, rather, the question resounded with me, because Airbnb facilitates entrepreneurship. BackgroundWhile most discussions about Airbnb focus on the sharing economy–the idea that if you’re…