This is a roundup of news that I have come across during the day. Read about Norwegian Cruise Line shifting focus to Caribbean and Europe, SoFi CEO dives deeper into Crypto, SkyScanner report for 2021 travel trends, New York City will reopen 100% on July 1, and maximizing Amex welcome offers at new Vegas hotels.
Norwegian Cruise Line announced Wednesday its plans to resume its summer sailings outside of the United States. The company’s intentions put a focus on voyages in parts of the Caribbean and Europe this summer, as sailings from the U.S. remain restricted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The agency has not yet released a set date when cruise lines can resume operations. It has said research shows Covid-19 can spread easily on cruise ships.
Social Finance Inc. is edging deeper into cryptocurrencies, allowing its customers to redeem rewards earned through the company’s app for Bitcoin or Ethereum. Starting Thursday, clients can apply their 2% cash-back rewards on the SoFi credit card toward the two cryptocurrencies, Chief Executive Officer Anthony Noto said in a phone interview. The crypto program is among the first to be made available in the industry.
US travelers are spending less, with the average fare purchased coming in at 21% less than it did pre-pandemic. They are choosing to “upgrade” their travel, opting for fares on average 20% more expensive than the lowest shown to them for their route, suggesting they are selecting fares with added extras such as flexibility or higher green or covid safety credentials. When asked which factors would make them pay for a more expensive flight over a cheaper one, 27% said they wanted to upgrade/splurge on their fare, and 28% said they’d pay more for flexible travel.
New York City will fully reopen starting July 1, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday. “We are ready for stores to open, for businesses to open, offices, theaters, full strength,” de Blasio said in announcing the date on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” It’s the first time the city will be fully reopen in more than a year. The first shutdown began March 2020 when the city became the U.S. epicenter in the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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