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This is a roundup of news and other interesting pieces that I’ve come across over the last few days. Read about possible changes to Marriott Bonvoy, Apple and Goldman Sachs issues, Holland America’s 42-Day cruise, new Four Seasons in Florida, Amazon lawsuit, and United adds braille to aircraft interiors.
When you are part of and especially an elite member of a loyalty program, you are occasionally sent surveys to gauge satisfaction with the program and ideas for possible “enhancements.”
There is an interesting survey that Marriott has put out that deals with possible changes and benefits preferences of loyalty program members.
“Engineers from the Silicon Valley giant and the Wall Street titan were pulling an all-nighter a few months before launch, scrambling to find a solution to a problem that had cropped up: Tim Cook couldn’t get approved for an Apple Card. Goldman’s underwriting system rejected him as a result, according to four people familiar with the matter. Goldman was eventually able to make a one-off exception, and Cook got his card.”
Holland America Line is adding another Legendary Voyage to its diverse roster of lengthier cruises from convenient gateways. The “42-day Ultimate Mediterranean & Atlantic Passage” aboard Volendam departing Nov. 9, 2024, was inspired by a voyage the cruise line operated nearly 100 years ago. Perfectly designed for today’s traveler, the 2024 departure sails roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, allowing guests to experience 16 different ports across nine countries, all without international air.
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, the world’s leading luxury hospitality company, together with Shahid Khan through Iguana Investments Florida LLC (Iguana Investments), today announced plans for a new Hotel and Private Residences in Jacksonville, Florida.
Anticipated to open in 2026, Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences Jacksonville will play an integral role in the development of the Jacksonville Shipyards while ushering in a thrilling and historic next chapter for Downtown Jacksonville.
The wide-ranging lawsuit is expected as soon as August and will likely challenge a host of Amazon’s business practices, the report said, citing people with knowledge of the matter.
The complaint could focus on challenges to Amazon Prime, Amazon rules that the FTC says block lower prices on competing websites, and policies it believes force merchants to use Amazon’s logistics and advertising services, the report said.
United today became the first U.S. airline to add Braille to aircraft interiors, helping millions of travelers with visual disabilities more easily navigate the cabin independently. According to the Department of Transportation, about 27 million people with disabilities traveled by air in 2019. The airline currently has equipped about a dozen aircraft with Braille markings for individual rows and seat numbers as well as inside and outside the lavatories. United expects to outfit its entire mainline fleet with Braille by the end of 2026.
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