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This is a roundup of news and other interesting pieces that I’ve come across over the last few days. I thought they are worth sharing so I hope you enjoy reading them.
Target Considers Amazon Prime-Style Membership Plans
Target is reportedly mulling a paid membership plan similar to Amazon Prime and Walmart+. The new program, known as “Project Trident” within the company, could launch as soon as this year, Bloomberg reported Wednesday (Feb. 7), citing unnamed sources. While the retailer already has its Target Circle loyalty program, offering deals and rewards for purchases, the new program would go further, offering other benefits and requiring a fee, the report said. It could incorporate Shipt, the Target-owned grocery delivery business. Read more
I refused to swap plane seats so a mom could sit with toddler
An angry traveler has shared their frustrations over a woman who had “the audacity” to request a seat swap so she could sit next to her kid. In a resurfaced Reddit post now going viral, the flummoxed flyer said it was “not my problem they didn’t book together” when asked to switch seats. The unidentified traveler was on a trans-Pacific flight from Japan — sitting in a window seat — while the toddler was in the middle seat. Read more
IHG’s new Americas CEO on bringing ultraluxury brands to the US
Bulley notes IHG’s newer “mainstream” brands like Avid, Atwell Suites and the recently launched Garner are likely to see the most growth in terms of new hotel count. But luxury brands like Regent, Six Senses and InterContinental — which has an overall brand “evolution” underway — still play a very important role for IHG. Read more
FAA says 737 Max operator discovered loose bolts in rudder
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has said an operator of a 737 Max plane discovered loose bolts in a rudder control system for the plane. The FAA said it received a report about a missing nut, washer and “migrated” bolt in the system from an operator in December of last year. It said Boeing then inspected all 737 Max 8, 737 Max 8-200, and 737 Max 9 planes in production and turned up another “under-torqued nut at the same location.” Read more
My Place Hotels Enhances Guest Experience Through Partnership with Grubhub
My Place Hotels of America is partnering with Grubhub to upgrade guests’ dining experience at its hotels. Guests of My Place Hotels can order from Grubhub’s network, which includes more than 365,000 restaurants and convenience stores, for delivery directly to the hotel, with $0 delivery fees on eligible orders. Guests who affiliate with their hotel will receive one free month of Grubhub+, Grubhub’s loyalty program that provides customers access to unlimited $0 delivery on orders of $12+. This benefit is aimed at further elevating the guest experience. Read more
Hilton Honors Launches Three New Experiences with GRAMMY-winner and performer, Laufey
Experience the rhythm of travel like never before with Hilton Honors and GRAMMY-winning singer-songwriter Laufey. Only available on the Hilton Honors Experiences platform, Hilton Honors members and music fans alike can blend unforgettable concert moments with luxurious stays thanks to three new money-can’t-buy experiences. That includes Laufey’s Nashville Concert with Meet and Greet + Hotel Stay, Laufey’s NYC Concert with Meet and Greet + Hotel Stay and Laufey’s Los Angeles Concert.
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