Roundup: DOT Anti-Consumer Rule, New CDC Guidance for Airlines, AA Shutdowns, Coronavirus Travel, Mobile Overwater Villas

This is a list of news from around the web which I came across in the last few days. I found these articles interesting and somewhat related to the travel and deal content you regularly see here at Danny the Deal Guru. Sometimes just interesting and not related at all, but I hope you enjoy them just the same. If you come across any interesting articles, or if you have your own blog and have something related to this content, please send them my way.

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Proposed Anti-Consumer, Pro-Airline DOT Rule

The Department of Transportation recently issued a proposed rule to define “unfair” and “deceptive” practices so narrowly that it would render the DOT largely powerless to find fault with anti-consumer airline practices and to impose fines against said airlines. Since all of us here want to be able to continue to use our miles and fly without getting totally screwed by the airlines, everyone should go to the proposed rule comment page, click on “comment now,” and leave a comment opposing the rule. Read more here.

CDC Releases Updated Guidance for Airlines Amid Coronavirus (Video)

The new guidelines issued this week, specifically instruct carriers to report “ill travelers from any country” who have a fever or characteristic symptoms of the virus. In the case of a sick passenger present, the agency suggested “enhanced cleaning procedures,” including cleaning all soft surfaces (like seats and seat belts) within six feet of that sick passenger. Read more here.

Barclays Is Clueless On The AA Shutdown Shenanigans

Ryan had an interesting phone call with Barclays that revealed they are clueless about what is going on with American Airlines AAdvantage accounts / AA shutdown events. For those with shutdowns of their AAdvantage accounts, I think it’s worth letting Barclays know what’s going on. Another stakeholder questioning American Airlines’ claim of absolute power might check their egos. Read more here.

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Should You Slow Down Your Travel Due to Coronavirus?

In mid-February, the news cycle and social media began a blitz of coverage related to a novel coronavirus (the name given to a family of viruses). The outbreak of COVID-19 — which appears to have originated in Wuhan, China. Richard at TPG has one interesting take on it. Read more here.

Explore French Polynesia Aboard Mobile Overwater Villa

As if Tahiti couldn’t get any better, there’s now a way to get an above-water villa that moves with the tides. Introducing the Exclusive Lagoon Yachting Package – the first floating houseboat in French Polynesia. Read more here.

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