This is a roundup of news and other interesting pieces that I’ve come across over the last few days. Read about Hawaii hotels to require guests prove vaccination, woman removed from JetBlue flight in handcuffs after refusing to wear mask, BofA’s new Balance Connect program, Mastercard makes a big bet on crypto, and SFO Centurion Lounge temporarily closed.
A group of Hawaii hotels said it will start requiring proof of COVID vaccination for all guests and visitors beginning in October. Among the hotels requiring the vaccine is Alohilani Resort in Waikiki as well as seven Highgate Hawaii hotels.
Many of the hotel employees will need to be vaccinated by Monday under the city’s Safe Access Oahu program. Because of this mandate, Highgate Hawaii Hotel Group said if employees need to be vaccinated, it’s important that guests follow the same rules to ensure a safe environment for everyone.
Marriott Bonvoy and Amex Giving Away 1M Points at Aspen Food & Wine
American Express is the presenting sponsor of the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen taking place this weekend from September 10 – September 12. Marriott Bonvoy® American Express® will be giving away one million Marriott Bonvoy points through an interactive scavenger hunt around scenic Aspen, curated for all Food & Wine Classic attendees. Stop by the gondola photo experience in the Grand Tasting Pavilion to pick up a scavenger hunt passport and complete the first stop.
Additionally, American Express is hosting an immersive dining experience with Global Dining Access Chef, Kwame Onwuachi, on Friday, September 10 and Saturday, September 11 during the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen for American Express Platinum Card Members.
Footage purporting to show a woman being removed from a JetBlue flight in handcuffs after she refused to wear a mask has circulated online.
The video, showing the woman’s alleged ejection from the plane, was shared to TikTok by Brooklyn DeGumbia, a freelance reporter who previously worked for FOX23 and witnessed the incident firsthand
This woman was handcuffed and wheeled off a JetBlue flight after refusing to wear a mask. Our flight was delayed 3hrs 🤦🏻♀️
The lender, which is among the biggest collectors of such fees, debuted a new service that automatically moves customers’ money to avoid overdrafts.
The program, Balance Connect, allows consumers to link their checking account with as many as five other Bank of America accounts and transfers available funds when needed for a $12 fee — lower than existing overdraft charges.
Mastercard has agreed to acquire blockchain analytics start-up CipherTrace, in the latest sign of how major companies are warming to cryptocurrencies.
The payments giant said Thursday it entered into an agreement to buy CipherTrace for an undisclosed amount. Based in Menlo Park, California, CipherTrace develops tools that help businesses and law enforcement root out illicit digital currency transactions. The company’s competitors include New York-based Chainalysis and London start-up Elliptic.
The San Francisco Centurion Lounge is temporarily closed due to maintenance issue. Repairs are underway and the lounge will reopen as soon as they are completed. Sorry for the inconvenience.