Southwest Hawaii Expansion, Hilton’s New 150K Tier, Bad News for GC at Albertsons, Dogecoin & More

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News Roundup

This is a roundup of news that I have come across during the day. Read about rumored Southwest Airlines Hawaii expansion, Hilton adds 150,000 point Standard Award nights, no more Blackhawk cards at Albertsons stores, Dogecoin co-creator cashed out in 2015 to buy a use Honda Civic, and Marriott eyes Rewards, All-Inclusives in cautious travel rebound.

Rumor: Southwest Airlines Massive Hawaii Expansion

Southwest Airlines is rumored to add more routes to Hawaii from three major airports. Los Angeles is expected to get service to Honolulu; Maui; Kona; and Kauai. Phoenix and Las Vegas will be launching service to Honolulu and Maui to start. Again, an exact date of this is still unclear, but the targeted timeline is as early as next month.

Hilton Quietly Adds 150,000 Point Standard Award Nights

There is now a maximum Standard Room redemption rate for Hilton Honors of 150,000 points a night. The new rate is showing for the Waldorf-Astoria Maldives property for now, which was until recently prices at 120,000 points a night.

Albertsons / Safeway memo: No more Blackhawk cards for money services over $100

There’s a memo that went out to Albertsons store managers, bookkeepers, and those who operate their money services machines, indicating that certain types of transactions at the customer service desk will be declined when made for $100 or more in a transaction. This looks like bad news for those who engage in MS at stores under the Albertsons Companies.

Dogecoin Co-Creator Sold All His Coins For Just Enough To Afford A Used Honda Civic In 2015 — Now DOGE Is Bigger Than Honda

Dogecoin (DOGE), which hit an all-time high of 60 cents on Tuesday, has now surpassed automaker Honda Motor in terms of market capitalization. The event is significant as Dogecoin co-creator Billy Markus recently revealed that he sold off his entire cryptocurrency holdings in 2015 for an amount equivalent to what a used Honda Civic would cost at that time.

Marriott Eyes Rewards, All-Inclusives in Cautious Travel Rebound

If thinking about Marriott International conjures the skyscraping Marquis flagship in New York’s Times Square, with its supersonic bubble elevators currently presiding over a dark Broadway, it would be easy to assume that the company faces a bleak near-term future. Indeed, parts of that company’s business are still struggling to find footing amid a travel slowdown that has lasted more than a year.

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