This is a roundup of news that I have come across during the day. Here you can read about new wave of American Airlines shutdowns for car rentals, Disney parks closed till 2021, enter bank info to receive $1,200 check, but second wave of check could take 20 weeks, and hotels offering discounted gift cards.
When you rent a car you get a token amount of miles. If you don’t claim the miles when you rent the car you can claim them afterward by just entering a mileage number. For many years people who weren’t careful and let their mileage expire have used past car rental receipts to reactivate their miles.
The long term closures of the Disney parks are really unprecendented. During the early days of Disneyland, the park would close midweek in coordination with Knott’s Berry Farm. It also closed briefly for the JFK assasination in 1963 and after 9/11 while the Florida parks gained a few additional closures due to hurricanes. But this is so much different.
Over a week ago, the IRS rolled out a website where – ostensibly – you can check when you are getting your stimulus payment and add your bank information. The problem was it didn’t seem to be working for a lot of people, especially the part about adding your bank info.
The second wave of coronavirus stimulus payments will start hitting bank accounts in the next week, but retirees, veterans and pensioners expecting paper checks may have to wait up to 20 weeks for the cash.
Programs like “Buy Now, Stay Later” offer $100 hotel bonds that mature after 60 days to $150 and can be used for a hotel stay at properties like the Yotel in Boston. Hotel operations company Porter & Sail offers Hotel Credits, a program where a $200 purchase gives buyers $300 to use at hotels like Hotel Villa Flori on Italy’s Lake Como and Bisma Eight in Bali. Henderson and Massa decided to launch their own program, “We’re Giving 150%,” where guests get 150% of the value of any gift card they buy.