How Virgin Atlantic Plans To Keep Elites Out Of London Heathrow Clubhouse [Roundup]

News and notes from around the interweb:

  • When Virgin Atlantic joins SkyTeam the London Heathrow Clubhouse will be treated as a first class lounge, not a business class lounge in order to exclude partner elite passengers, though “[t]he existing arrangement for Virgin Atlantic and Delta customers should stay the same.” (Delta Platinum and Diamonds retain access, other SkyTeam elites not so much.) Cheeky.

    It’s still an excellent business class lounge, though. An architect I know once described his impression as a “dream of Platner, Eames, Corbusier and Austin Powers. Floating ceilings with indirect lighting, a sixty foot long bar with backlit onyx top, pool tables, flat screens, saunas, waiters and waitresses buzzing about taking your drink or food order wherever you sit.”

  • Home2 Suites cancels room reservations for a wedding party so they can resell for an upcoming Taylor Swift tour date when media got involved the hotel relented.

  • The Air Force says this wasn’t done intentionally (yeah, right, and none of the previous incidents were intentional then either I suppose?)

    A US military plane "painted a penis" in the sky near a Russian airbase, La Repubblica.

    A KC-135 Stratotanker refueling plane remained for almost two hours east of Cyprus on Tuesday, in front of the Syrian base of Tartus, a stronghold of Moscow.


    — MAKS 22🇺🇦 (@Maks_NAFO_FELLA) November 2, 2022

  • Double Avios on up to 4 British Airways flights (and BA codeshares on American, Finnair or Iberia) booked by November 20 and flown by January 31 Registration required.

  • World’s tallest woman travels on a plane for the first time after Turkish Airlines removes six seats to make room for her 7ft build on flight to San Francisco

  • U.S. remains one of last countries in the world to require Covid vaccination for foreigners to enter

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