This is a roundup of news and other interesting pieces that I’ve come across over the last few days. Read about a Kroger “trick”, Frontier’s new offer for Spirit Airlines, new “Citi Alliance”, “Wild Wild Quest” Las Vegas scavenger hunt, and a review of Hyatt Regency Vancouver.
According to an arrest affidavit, in May 2021, 24-year-old Austin Chase Hooper was seen entering Kroger stores, purchasing a small item at a self-checkout, and using a card to select cash back.
Before money could dispense, Hooper would allegedly place a bag over the cash dispenser and conceal the funds the Kiosk provided. He would then quickly pocket the cash, call a Kroger attendant, and tell them that no money was dispensed from the machine.
Frontier Airlines on Friday added more cash and a larger breakup fee to its offer to buy Spirit Airlines, and the Spirit board repeated its preference for Frontier over a rival bid by JetBlue Airways. Frontier added $2 per share to its previous offer, boosting it to $4.13 in cash plus 1.9126 shares of Frontier for each Spirit share.
The Denver-based airline also raised the amount it would pay Miramar, Florida-based Spirit if antitrust regulators stop the deal — from $250 million to $350 million — matching JetBlue’s proposed breakup fee. Spirit said that, given the sweetened terms, its board reiterated its unanimous recommendation that shareholders approve the Frontier offer at a special meeting next Thursday.
Citi has announced a new program called ‘Citi Alliance‘ that targets consumers with an independent financial advisor. It will offer benefits such as a dedicated Citi Alliance Relationship Manager, Global ATM fee reimbursements and waivers, relationship pricing on a premium travel credit card and more.
MGM Resorts’ reimagined loyalty program, is launching “The Wild Wild Quest,” a citywide scavenger hunt for “hidden” QR codes that could unlock access to the craziest Vegas vacation grand prize ever created including flying in a private jet to Las Vegas with global megastar and eight-time GRAMMY Award-winner Usher who launches his new residency at Park MGM on July 15.
This hotel had no room service and its club lounge has closed (whether it’s ‘still’ closed or permanently closed is unclear). Nevertheless full housekeeping service was available and Globalist breakfast in the hotel’s restaurant was remarkable for one thing: stamping that tip is included on the bill to sign.
The hotel is well-located downtown, has a Starbucks in the lobby, and an outdoor heated pool. It’s not the newest, but doesn’t feel worn, and staff were uniformly friendly.