Roundup: New Amtrak Cars, Indonesia to Switch Capital City, Amex Fee Trick, Has Chase Wised Up? and More

This is a list of news from around the web which I came across in the last few days. I found these articles interesting and somewhat related to the travel and deal content you regularly see here at Danny the Deal Guru. Sometimes just interesting and not related at all, but I hope you enjoy them just the same. If you come across any interesting articles, please send them my way.

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See inside Amtrak’s luxurious new train cars

When Amtrak’s newest Acela trainsets arrive in 2021, not only will travelers get a faster trip between Boston, New York, and Washington D.C., but a more posh interior as well. Read more here.

Indonesia will build its new capital city in Borneo as Jakarta sinks into the Java Sea

A jungle-covered area on the east of Borneo island is set to be transformed into Indonesia’s new capital city. Concerns over the sustainability of the congested and rapidly sinking political center of Jakarta prompted the need for a new capital. Read more here.

Get American Express Annual Fee Prorated when Closing Card (Requires Manual Request)

You can get the annual fee prorated on an American Express card, provided that you have at least one other Amex card open. You need to call in specifically to request the prorate; it won’t happen automatically. Read more here.

Has Chase Wised Up To Our Games? Need Your Data Points

The points/certificate would normally post within 30 days meaning that you could get a full refund and keep the bonus.  People would sometimes do this if they decided to go after another welcome offer. It appears that loophole may be dead. Read more here.

Book an Uber ride without a phone for the first time

Earlier this month, the ride-hailing giant rolled out a kiosk at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport that allows passengers to to book a ride without a smartphone. The company says it’s designed to create greater access for travelers who might have a difficult time using the app because of language or tech issues. Read more here.

Costco, Buy a Whole Wheel Parmigiano Reggiano (72 lbs) for $900

You can never have too much cheese, especially Parmigiano Reggiano. And Costco is selling a whole wheel that weighs 72lbs. It will set you back $899.99 plus tax. Buy it here if interested.

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