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Airlines

Why Little Alaska Airlines Has the Happiest Customers in the Sky: I’m excited to fly Alaska for the first time this summer. Gotta see what all the hype’s about.

Cathay Cuts 600 Jobs as Top Asia Airlines Feel the Squeeze: Another example of the impact of low-cost carriers. Cathay Pacific reported its first annual loss in 8 years.

Unified Technology and Data Are Key to Improving Airline Operations, Customer Experience and Profits: If you’re interested in the inner-workings of airline operations, there are three data briefs that you can check out. Shout out to Sabre who helped conduct this study.

Hotels

This Is Why Hotels Are Removing Minibars (and Desks and Closets): I get the minibars and desks, but where am I suppose to hang my clothes???

How Brands Like Hyatt and Orbitz Are Promoting U.S. Tourism in the Shadow of Trump’s Travel Bans: Because they needed something catchier than “Don’t let Trump scare ya, keep traveling!”

World’s Biggest Hotels 2017: Marriott Leads The Pack, Hilton Falls: The merger with Starwood really helped Marriott in this year’s rankings.

Bride Suing Marriott After Norovirus Outbreak at Wedding Reception: It certainly was a night to remember!

Credit Cards and Banks

UBS Takes on AmEx, Chase in Credit-Card Rewards War: Available starting May 27th, the UBS Visa Infinite card will have a $495 annual fee and perks including a $250 airline fee credit and an annual $500 airport lounge credit when you spend $50,000 a year.

American Express OPEN Unveils Blue Business℠ Plus Credit Card: This no annual fee card will earn 2x Membership Rewards points on the first $50,000 spent per year. This is now the highest Membership Rewards-earning card for every day spending.

Credit Card Bonuses Get Bigger and More Tempting, But Tougher to Earn: “Yes, 100,000-point sign-up bonuses are out there — but you might have to spend $4,000 in three months to earn one.”…that’s why you find ways to not actually spend the $4,000.

Want more? Check out last week’s Miles and Points News Roundup.

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