News and notes from around the interweb:
- Hilton permanently eliminates daily housekeep at non-luxury (Waldorf, Conrad, LXR) brands. It’s supposed to remain available ‘on request’ but we’ll see how that plays out in practice (e.g. limited hours) and whether it leads to uncollected trash in the hallways with properties filling back up.
The gap between a ‘full service Hilton’ and an Airbnb is shrinking. They’re leading the way with a big cost cut, let’s see which other chains follow. Remind me what so-called Destination Charges pay for, if you don’t even get daily housekeeping?
- Capital One is opening a hotel in September.
- US hotel occupancy is now down just 7% against 2019 which was at an elevated level. Weekends have fully recovered, but weekdays lag more due to lack of business travel.
- El Al and Etihad will codeshare and offer reciprocal mileage earn and burn. It’s amazing how things have realigned in the Mideast. Saudi Arabia even usually allows use of its airspace for flights between the U.A.E. and Israel.
- 50% bonus on Chase transfers to Marriott through August 31, 2021. On average this gets you a penny a point in value with Marriott, not a great deal, though there are outlier cases of course where you’ll do much better. Still, better to transfer when there’s a bonus than when there isn’t one – and we haven’t seen Chase transfer bonuses often so exciting on that level.
- American Airlines, which created Sabre, has once again sued the Sabre reservation system – this time for biasing displays in favor of Delta as it complies with a new Delta contract that American says violates its own agreement.