Delta Innovation ClassDelta Air Lines has announced a unique in-flight mentoring program – called “Delta Innovation Class” – intended to help up-and-coming professionals take advantage of their flight time with some of “the smartest people in the world” – including leaders in technology, science, the arts and more.

This mentoring program works like this:  Chosen business and creative leaders in various fields will be traveling to select events around the globe, and they’ll be sitting in the “Mentor seat.” The seat next to them will be open, and entrepreneurs can apply — through a partnership with LinkedIn, which vets these candidates — to sit next to these leaders for the duration of the flight and talk about their business. Check out Delta’s video for more information.

Here’s some more travel news you can use:

  • The Huffington Post recently published a story explaining how to get a refund on a non-refundable airfare and avoid change fees.  The most-often used method is to cancel within 24 hours of booking (which FareIQ will monitor for businesses) – but there are other scenarios where airlines will give you a refund.  Unfortunately, those scenarios are death or a severely delayed flight.  I’m not sure which is worse.
  • Want further proof that the travel industry is constantly evolving?  Airbnb, the 5-year old start-up that lets people rent their rooms and homes directly to travelers, was recently valued at about $10 billion.  That’s a higher valuation than hotel industry giants, Hyatt and Wyndham.
  • Southwest Airlines has kicked-off a “pilot program” for the use of mobile boarding passes, enabling security to scan the passenger’s iPhone or Android device instead of a paper boarding pass.  Under the pilot program, boarding passes will be accepted for flights originating out of Austin (AUS), Dallas Love Field (DAL), and Houston Hobby (HOU).
That sum puts it above hotel groups like the Hyatt and the Wyndham,