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News and notes from around the interweb:
- Chase is offering an extra 1 point per dollar — on top of any category bonuses you may already earn such as for travel or dining spend — when you use certain cards through Apple Pay or Google Pay though December 31, 2018. If you use Apple Pay at a restaurant with your Chase Sapphire Preferred Card you’ll earn 3 points per dollar instead of 2.
Included cards are Chase Freedom Unlimited, Sapphire, Sapphire Reserve, Sapphire Preferred, Amazon Rewards and Amazon Prime.
- More China hotel hygiene horror stories. But don’t think the problem is limited to China.
- Airlines are missing the point with millennial-themed spinoff brands Millennials aren’t actually that different from other consumers. Younger people don’t have as much money as older people yet.
- How Casinos Use Rewards Programs to Track Everything You Do
- Phoenix airport is going to eliminate its ‘street pricing’ requirement for vendors. Many airports limit how much restaurants and other vendors can charge, so that they match what you would pay outside the airport plus a percentage to account for how difficult and costly it is to work inside an airport.
The mayor says that since there are two companies running the different food and beverage establishments in the airport there’s competition. New prices could take effect February 15.
- Miami airport’s minimum wage law exempts airlines and their subsidiaries, leads to in-sourcing. American’s regional airline now hires the people who provide wheelchair service for American flights at the airport, where employees start at $9.48 an hour instead of “$13.23 per hour with health insurance or $16.40 without.”
First passed in 1999, the living wage applied to companies working directly for Miami-Dade, including airline subcontractors like Eulen America, which provided wheelchair transportation for airline passengers. American Airlines used to pay Eulen for wheelchair service, but recently moved hundreds of attendants to its own subsidiary, Envoy, which is exempt from the living-wage law.
- Don’t give them any ideas: Lululemon’s loyalty program has a $128 annual fee Of course Australia and New Zealand residents have to pay to join Qantas Frequent Flyer (unless they sign up through a promotion). And British Airways used to require a full fare ticket or co-brand credit card to be eligible to join Executive Club