News and notes from around the interweb:
- Lionel Richie’s son arrested at London Heathrow for claiming he had a bomb in his bag
- Gate Gourmet is stockpiling meals in the UK as it prepares to provide catering services post-Brexit
Gate Gourmet, which serves 20 airlines at 10 U.K. airports, is accumulating enough pizza, ice cream and roast duck (for business class) to see passengers through about 10 days of disruption. Chilled items are being held at a warehouse in Peterborough, England, while mountains of snack boxes, peanuts and toilet rolls are piling up at a room-temperature facility in London.
- Regent Hotels will join IHG Rewards Club February 1, hopefully great for IHG redemptions (we don’t know how many points each property will cost yet) but not sure Regent’s own members will be pleased.
- Many years ago I was hosting an event at the Ritz-Carlton in Naples, Florida. One of our staff, who is now a well-known political commentator, walked into her room and found the bed unmade and a used condom on top of the sheets. The Ritz upgraded her to a better view.
On the other hand when housekeeping at the Ritz in Grand Cayman walked in on my while I was getting dressed despite the Do Not Disturb sign being on the door, gave away my table mid-way through breakfast, and was otherwise generally non-responsive to any service request during my stay I got… nothing.
Both of those situations came to mind when reading about what might be due to cruise guests to walk into their room for the first time only to find staff having sex in the bed? (HT: TravelZork)
- Chase sending out 1099s for checking account bonuses that’s not surprising, Citi does this too, it seems clear that checking account bonuses should be tax-reportable. What’s notable are (1) the penny apiece value attributed to Ultimate Rewards, and (2) that Chase reports this as interest income (so much report $10+) while Citi reports as Misc. income (so reportable at $600+).
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- The best cleaning products, according to hotel housekeepers I think the idea is that you’re disgustingly messy and since housekeepers have to clean up after you they know just what to use. Plus they do it a lot, all day every day.
- Track hotel prices after you book to capture savings prepaid, non-cancellable hotel rates are rarely worthwhile.