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New and notes from around the interweb:
- Turkish Airlines is a Citi transfer partner. They let you book US domestic awards on United – even to Hawaii – for 7500 miles each way or 12,500 for first class. And now they’ll let you book partner awards by phone rather than having to e-mail.
- Interesting travelogue: New book released today, two economists travel the world and drink.
- Plastiq, the company that lets you pay any bill with a credit card (they send the merchant a check or ACH and bill your card) has increased the range of payments that can be made with a Visa. Some Visa charges have been blocked because they would have been treated as cash advances before (although any given issuer could still intervene and do so if they wish):
All Visa personal cards on Plastiq are now unblocked in the following payment categories:
• Residential Rent & HOA Fees
• Commercial Rent
• Taxes & Government Fees
• Utilities (Electricity, Cable, Internet, Telecom)
• Tuition (including daycare and camp)
The change is a part of a new processing program with Visa. The above five categories of payments will process in their respective MCC’s as standard purchases.
- Charleston, South Carolina “The Club” opens Wednesday and is accessible via Priority Pass.
- Uber is laying off one-third of its 1200 person marketing team
- Targeted 5000 bonus Hilton points for 2 night stay at participating Waldorf=Astoria or Conrad hotels registration required.
- FAA is investigating the corrupt Atlanta airport for diverting airport revenue to pay legal fees in a separate corruption investigation.