News and notes from around the interweb:
- Expedia is changing Expedia Rewards again, they already made the program so weak I stopped worrying over it. However if they really do ‘integrate all their online booking properties’ into a single rewards currency the big loser is Hotels.com members. The hotels.com program isn’t as valuable as it once was, but it’s still a 10% rebate every 10 nights, and under the Expedia Rewards model it’ll give less.
Expedia Dancers Are Outdoors Since Their Points-Earning No Longer Covers A Room, Flickr: Juggernautco
- Air Canada’s Aeroplan program has put off revenue-based mileage-earning for Air Canada flights (and partner flights on Air Canada tickets) until “at least the end of 2022.”[v]volving customer needs and preferences as we exit the pandemic” and that it was more important to focus on other tech projects. They commit to “a reasonable advance notice of this change” when it does finally happen.
- Family of man dissected in Marriott ballroom says they didn’t give consent. (HT: T.)
Event organizers sold tickets for up to $500 to the public to view in-person the autopsy and dissection of a human body. The event is part of the Oddities and Curiosities Expo, which travels across the country.
[The body] was handed off to a private company that the family thought would use his corpse for medical research. Instead, Saunders ended up in a Portland Marriott hotel ballroom as the centerpiece of an autopsy and dissection before a live, paying audience.
Arne Sorenson did once take a stand for not judging which groups choose to hold events at Marriott properties. The only lesson I draw from this is “donating a body to science doesn’t mean what you think it means” – perhaps more valuable to know than you’d have thought.
- Amex cardholders can get 6 free months of MyPanera+ coffee membership. Sign up by January 31, 2022. After your trial they charge you $8.99+tax per month. This gets you unlimited coffee or tea every two hours with unlimited refill.
One Mile at a Time correctly notes that American Express is not paying Panera for this benefit, but assumes “there’s not any money directly changing hands here.” I’m not so sure, given it’s only a 6 month membership cardmembers get before getting charged I’d guess American Express is being paid to market this to their customers.
- Love this.
I still want to cancel the [Insert product]. Thanks though!!!! pic.twitter.com/FEFsQpzBzn
— Emily McNutt (@mcnutt_emily) November 3, 2021
- I registered for this targeted Hyatt offer, but sadly I probably won’t stay 10 nights with Hyatt by mid-January (let alone 50!). It’s precisely that travel drops off heavily during this period that explains the offer.