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News and notes from around the interweb:
- IHG Rewards Club has launched Fast Track to Platinum Status through December 2022 after just 5 nights in 90 days from registration.
- The least popular hotel chain in America, according to data Super 8, followed by Days Inn and then La Quinta. For La Quinta they started with the furnishings – Southwestern was cheapest – and then picked a name to match…
- American has increased the amount of time scheduled per flight in the past year. Schedules show flights ‘taking longer’ than they did a year ago, even with less air traffic slowing things down.
American has purposefully run its business that way, keeping block time lower so that it could squeeze more flying out. But now, it has very clearly altered its strategy. Maybe it’s because the airline has more crew and airplanes sitting round, so they don’t need to do it. Or maybe they’re trying to mask operational issues. Regardless of the reason, this seems counterintuitive.
- Payment processors like Paypal will have to do a whole lot more tax reporting on customers under the stimulus bill we had to pass before we could learning what was in it, for instance did you know states accepting part of their $350 billion in bailout funds are banned from lowering taxes?
Beginning on January 1, 2022, third party payment processors will have to report any income for goods or services exceeding $600 during the calendar year on a form 1099-K. Previously, processors only had to report this income if it was BOTH: (a) $20,000 or more during the calendar year, and (b) 200 transactions or more. This allowed most smaller stuff (like Topcashback, Ebates, PFS, Swagbucks payments) to go unreported.
- Online travel agency Kayak is opening a hotel next month, the Kayak Miami Beach. Odd. (HT: One Mile at a Time)
- Sao Paulo-Guarulhos airport runway struck by lightning, leaves huge hole behind.
— Breaking Aviation News & Videos (@breakingavnews) March 9, 2021