Hyatt Walks Away from Acquiring NH Hotels and United Focuses on Towns With Under 10 People

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  1. I’m curious how much United makes on these routes. I’ve never heard of Presque Island, Maine. A one way flight there is roughly 319$ from EWR. While EWR to Orlando is like 58$. I’m guessing this has to be federally subsidized in some way?

  2. I’m pleased about the Hyatt non-acquisition. It’s a challenge to make Globalist with their small footprint…and I would love to have more international award opportunities. However, if they are going to acquire, which they seem destined to do, I hope they will go more upscale. The growth of Hyatt has mostly been in the mid-price range and that does not help those of us that do not like sleeping next to a noisy window box air conditioner. Loews and Omni are nice properties but they are mostly in locations that are already well represented by Hyatt – and have virtually no international presence.

  3. F*ck tipping, indeed. I try to tip in line with what I believe to be normal, but ‘normal’ is very hard to define in many contexts.

    I applaud all initiatives for the price I pay for any service to be all-inclusive.

  4. I dislike tipping because anybody who has a job deserves to be paid a living wage by their employer! If they wanted to depend on the charity/ generosity of strangers, they could become a busker (street musician!) Also, the standard percentage has increased over the decades from 10% to 15% to 18–20%, which means the restaurant & bar owners are shirking ever more of their duty to pay a living wage. Finally, some bartenders regard those who tip normally as “cheapskates” because they’ve been spoiled by customers who overtip to hit on them.
    OTOH, I have noticed that service in restaurants is usually better in North America than in non-tipping countries, probably because the waitstaff know that the customers control their take-home pay!

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