This is a roundup of news and other interesting pieces that I’ve come across over the last few days. Read about $3K payout for a flight bump, free orders with DoorDash, overstocked stores offering discounts, multi-million dollar upgrade on the way for Atlanta Airport, and BA clawing back Avios earned in 2019.
“While we were boarding, a gate agent announced, ’We need 22 people to get off this flight. We’re offering $1,300 to any volunteers,” Keaveny tells CNBC Make It. She texted her boyfriend and friends, who had already boarded, and said she would only trade her spot for $2,000.
Minutes later, she boarded the plane. Then, the agent announced that the price had risen to $2,500. By the time Keaveny and a handful of other passengers deplaned, the price was up to $3,000. “I almost broke my neck sprinting down the aisle,” she says.
This is a nice payday, but not as good at $10K.
The glitch was caused by a payment processing issue that allowed users to check out without an authorized form of payment. The DoorDash glitch went viral on Twitter as people found out about it, resulting in restaurants across the country having to take orders and deliveries en masse. By the time DoorDash resolved the problem, the damage had already been done: people had placed hundreds of orders for free food, drinks, and even Plan B.
The merchandise surplus comes at a time when inflation is forcing consumers to cut back. Flickinger says some stores are overstocked by more than 30% and there’s no place to put everything. Target recently admitted it needs to “right-size its inventory” and the retailer’s plans include “additional markdowns.”
Major upgrades are coming to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport through the recently passed bipartisan infrastructure law. The upgrades to Atlanta’s airport are part of a $1 billion project announced by the White House to revitalize the nation’s airports.
A LoyaltyLobby reader forwarded an email that he had received from British Airways informing them that Avios earned in April 2019 would be removed within 3 days!