News and notes from around the interweb:
- HotelTonight widens its booking window to 100 days out which isn’t… tonight.
- The Economist picks up on the travesty of Senator Menendez’s poor use of American Express Membership Rewards points that’s at the centerpiece of his corruption trial.
Mr Leff argues that the real crime is how poorly Mr Melgen spent his miles. The three-night hotel stay was valued at just under $5,000. That means Melgen redeemed the miles at a value of about three-quarters of a cent per mile. (Air-mile aficionados reckon the going rate is twice as high.) It would have been cheaper for Mr Melgen to spend his cash on the hotel and points on business-class flights. But Mr Melgen probably did not have value on his mind. There were much bigger amounts of money at stake, after all.
- Intercontinental Hotels launched a new midscale brand priced just below Holiday Inn Express but with modern branding, or something.
Credit IHG Hotels Group
- Cathay Pacific up to 40,000 bonus miles for US-Hong Kong flights (HT: Loyalty Lobby)
- Amtrak lied to travel agents who questioned ID requirements
- Man suing the St. Regis New York after he was kicked out of their bar for not wearing ‘proper’ attire