Here are four interesting asides – three of which you should NOT take too seriously – from the last 24 hours:
I apologise to any HFP readers who live in Continental Europe and who watch Sky News. As Shoestring posted in our comments yesterday:
“Sky News don’t fill the ad breaks with ads out here in Europe – you get some ads but also filler pieces and snips of ‘international’ news interest. Twice an hour I’m getting Rob’s 5 second analysis of Frequent Flyer programs, it’s unrelenting.”
We can only hope that the reader who posted:
“You really need to work on your delivery when speaking. You sound like a chav. And surely your office is big enough for the camera to actually be in it?!?!”
isn’t in Continental Europe …. (and, no, our office is not big enough to take a full size TV camera, a lighting rig and leave the required gap between the lens and my face!)
I moderated a panel discussion at the Flybe leadership conference in Exeter on Tuesday. During the Q&A, one member of the audience – who introduced herself as a 23-year old graduate trainee – asked myself and Flybe’s head of loyalty, who was on stage with me, whether we thought a loyalty scheme was the right thing to do given the environmental concerns. The genie is out of the bottle.
The best comment I saw on this topic, which I repeated on stage at Flybe, came in an email from a reader. He claimed that Avios and BAEC were a force for good against climate change. British Airways business class is so dreadful that everyone would be taking more harmful indirect flights on Emirates, Etihad etc if it wasn’t for the lure of the tier points …..!
The report that kicked off this debate was written by academics at Imperial College. A comment posted on HFP on Tuesday said that Imperial College staff are not allowed to collect frequent flyer miles or hotel points when travelling on university business. I have absolutely no confirmation if this is true or not, or whether it may have influenced their report 🙂 (EDIT: we now have the actual policy in the comments below. Miles collected whilst travelling on Imperial College business are “not for personal use” and should therefore be redeemed for future business travel.)