Roundup: Video of Service Horse On-board, Coronavirus More Fatal in Men, $21B of Unused Gift Cards, Upgrade Pack Fasco, Bali or Ikea?

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, or if you have your own blog and have something relatable please send them my way.

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Youtuber Pretended She Was On A Luxury Vacation In Bali, But She Was Actually Filming In Ikea

A youtouber recently dropped by Ikea to see if you could pull of the ultimate prank. Could she make her followers believe that she was on a luxury dream vacation in Bali when she was actually at her local Swedish furniture store the whole time? The answer proved to be overwhelmingly, “Yes.” Read more here.

Coronavirus is more fatal in men than women, major study suggests

Fatality rates were higher among men than women. Officials recorded a 2.8% fatality rate for male patients versus 1.7% for women. Male patients accounted for 22,981, or 51%, of the total confirmed cases, while the coronavirus had been confirmed in 21,691 female patients as of Feb. 11, when the data collection ended. Read more here.

Half of Americans have unused gift cards, and it’s costing them over $21 billion

Half of Americans currently own unredeemed gift cards or store credits according to a new survey from Bankrate. And that adds up to tens of billions in unused money. The survey of over 2,600 U.S. adults found that the average person with unused gift cards is sitting on around $167 in free money. More than one-third of respondents with unused cards say they won’t use up all of the funds. When you don’t, the bank or retailer is happy to keep the money. Read more here.

Is Upgrade Pack The New Fyre Festival?

God Save The Points calls out Upgrade Pack, a startup which promises discounted airline and hotel upgrades. He apologizes for giving coverage to the startup over a year ago, since customers paid money to the company but there’s still no product. Read more here.

Woman brings mini-service horse onto plane, into first class 

A Michigan woman startled other passengers on a recent series of flights when she brought aboard a mini-service horse and traveled with him in first class to California. Read more here.

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