This is a roundup of news and other interesting pieces that I’ve come across over the last few days. Read about the Amex MR donation match for Ukraine, Disney savings for Disney+ subscribers, EU Compensation ruling, ride vintage 20th century train in NYC, and a promotion for Wyndham members.
American Express will match the dollar value of Card Member contributions made using Membership Rewards points with PayPal Giving Fund to an eligible charity in support of humanitarian relief efforts in Ukraine and affected parts of Europe. Eligible charities include, International Rescue Committee, the International Medical Corps, the American Red Cross, UNICEF, Save the Children & USA for UNHCR.
This news follows American Express’ previous commitments including making available one million Hilton room nights across Europe to support first responders and refugees in need, donating $1,000,000 in aid to humanitarian organizations supporting relief efforts in Ukraine and parts of Europe and matching donations from colleagues globally through the American Express Match program. You can make a donation through the program HERE.
This new sale gives subscribers to Disney’s streaming service the opportunity to save 10-25% on eligible stays at select Walt Disney World resort hotels on most nights from July 8-Sept. 30, 2022. Disney+ (or the Disney+ bundle) is now free with your Amex Platinum card.
EU travellers who book flights through a European airline can claim compensation in the event of a major delay of the connecting flight — even outside Europe, a court ruled on Thursday. In its judgement, the European Court of Justice said that the entirety of a journey that was subject to a single reservation fell under the EU’s rules on flight delays, even if the flight was operated by a non-EU airline. The case involved a journey booked through German carrier Lufthansa for three passengers from Brussels to San Jose in California, with a stopover in Newark.
Train buffs, prepare to book your ticket, an iconic vintage train has (briefly) returned to New York’s railroad system. Last fall, the 20th Century Limited took New Yorkers on an upstate adventure, and now the antique train is back on the tracks. Hudson River Rail Excursions is running its day trips once again this June.
The voyage kicks off at Moynihan Train Hall, where ticketed passengers for the excursion will have access to Amtrak’s brand new “Metropolitan Lounge”. From there, step back in time on one of two historic cars—the Hickory Creek and Tavern-Lounge No. 43, which will then transport you upstate. On the journey between New York and Albany, lunch and drinks will be served while you forget all about screen time. Instead, enjoy the one-of-a-kind view of the Hudson River.
Wyndham Rewards has an attractive “Exclusive Offer” that targets select members that the hotel chain tries to incentivize to stay. These members are eligible for 7,500 bonus points “Your Exclusive Offer” after one qualified stay.