News notes from around the interweb:
- Ikea in Dubai is turning time customers spend using Google Maps into a currency that can pay for items in the store
- Accor hotels is partnering with Visa to launch co-brand credit cards around the world. It’s been three years since I sat with Isabelle Birem, Accor’s Senior Vice President of Loyalty, talking about their path to co-brand cards. Starting with the payment network in a global partnership is an interesting way to jump start it. Usually the payment network is part of the bidding in each market.
- Being shared by American and Delta employees on social media:
- A long rant about how Marriott Bonvoy soured an Ambassador member on hotel loyalty entirely. (HT: Jeff W.)