What we’re reading: Delta to change FF mile accrual, US open to privatizing ATC, Sixt rent-a-car in Vegas


Delta to switch to price-based model for points accrual

Starting January 1, 2015, Delta Sky Miles members will accrue points based on the amount they spent rather than how far they flew.

The ticket price eligible for mileage accrual includes the base fare and carrier-imposed surcharges, and excludes government-imposed taxes and fees.

Customers will earn between 5 and 11 miles per dollar spent, based on their status in Delta’s loyalty program, SkyMiles.

If customers use a SkyMiles credit card to purchase the ticket, they earn an additional 2 points per dollar spent (including taxes and fees).

U.S. open to new ideas on ATC privatization, Foxx says

US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said that the government is open to privatizing Air Traffic Control as long as aviation stakeholders agree.

In December, Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.), chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, called for “bold ideas” to improve the U.S. aviation system. He suggested that the FAA may not be able to accomplish the ambitious NextGen ATC modernization in its present form.

German rental car company Sixt opens in Las Vegas

Sixt, the leading car rental company in Germany, opened up a facility at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas.

A new 3,000-square-foot facility opened on Valentine’s Day 2014 at the McCarran Airport, where it is renting a combination of fuel-efficient and sports performance models from German luxury brands BMW and Mercedes-Benz, along with Volkswagen, Jeep, Dodge and Chrysler sedans, wagons and sports cars.