This is a roundup of news that I have come across during the day. Here you can read about how being a good Samaritan led to a Chase shutdown, buying oneworld elite status through Finnair’s pints offer, airlines at risk of shutting down, FlyDubai launching flights to Tel Aviv and Prop 22 passes in California, exempting Uber and Lyft from classifying drivers as employees.
Due to fear of retaliation this was only posted now, since enough time has passed. It shows how one of the largest banks treats security researchers. This happened on November 17th 2016.
Right now when you buy Finnair Plus points you can receive up to 100% bonus Plus Points AND 25% bonus tier points. Here’s where things get interesting – the 25% bonus tier points is on the entire amount you receive from buying points – that is the base amount plus the bonus. So if you buy150,000 Finnair Plus Points you’ll end up with 300,000 points and 75,000 Tier Points! Those 75,000 Tier Points will automatically give you Finnair Plus Silver Status which provides oneworld Ruby status and you would only be 5,000 Tier Points shy of Gold and 75,000 shy of Platinum.
The U.S. the major airlines at the most risk are American Airlines (by a wide margin) followed by United. American is likely to end the pandemic with over $45 billion in debt to service, far more than their next-closest competitor.
FlyDubai has just become the first Emirati airline to announce regularly scheduled flights between the United Arab Emirates and Israel. This follows normalization of relations between the two countries, which was first revealed back in mid-August. Part of this new cooperation involves an air service agreement, which will allow for commercial flights.
In a major win for gig economy companies, CNN projects California voters have passed a costly and controversial ballot measure to exempt firms like Uber and Lyft from having to classify their gig workers in the state as employees rather than as independent contractors. Backed by more than $200 million from Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, Instacart and Uber-owned Postmates, Proposition 22, or Prop 22, is the costliest ballot measure in California’s history, according to Ballotpedia, underscoring how important its passage was to the future of their businesses.