Day: November 3, 2020

Chase Airline and Hotel Cards Offering Up to 5x Points on Amazon and Groceries

If you have a Chase airline or hotel credit card, it’s time to check your bonus offers.

Chase has been adding limited-time bonuses to its credit cards all year. Now, it’s boosting rewards on Amazon and grocery purchases — just in time for the holidays. You could qualify for up to 5 points per $1 on those purchases if you have one of Chase’s co-branded airline or hotel credit cards.

These are targeted offers, so activation is required and some cardholders may not be eligible. To make sure you maximize your rewards this holiday season, here’s a list of eligible Chase cards and what you need to do to activate your Chase bonus offers.

Chase Amazon and grocery bonuses

Chase’s new Amazon and grocery bonuses will last from Nov. 1 through Dec. 31, 2020. You must activate by 11:59 p.m. ET on Dec. 31, 2020 to receive your bonus points. Once it’s activated, the bonus rate will apply to eligible purchases made during the offer period.

Exact offers vary depending on which Chase card you have. You’ll find the current Chase credit cards eligible for these bonuses below. But you may also be entitled if you hold certain discontinued Chase cards that are no longer taking new applications.

Chase’s airline cards can earn 5 points per $1 on Amazon and grocery purchases, up to a maximum of $1,500 in combined purchases per month. Eligible cards include:

The following Chase hotel cards are eligible to earn 5 points per $1 on Amazon purchases and 3 points per $1 on groceries, up to a maximum of $1,500 in combined purchases per month:

The Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card from Chase is eligible to earn 5 points per $1 on Amazon and grocery purchases, up to a maximum of $1,500 in combined purchases per month, and 10 points per $1 on up to $3,500 in purchases at participating Marriott Bonvoy hotels.

How to activate your Chase bonuses

Visit the Chase My Bonus page to see if you’re eligible and activate the offers. Just fill out the form with your last name, the last four digits of your Chase credit card number, and your ZIP code, and then click “Activate Now.”

The site will let you know if you qualify for a bonus offer. If you do, the offer will also be activated.

Keep in mind that you need to do this for each Chase card that you have. Let’s say you have a United credit card and a World of Hyatt credit card with Chase. You would need to fill out the form twice, once with the last four digits of the United card and once with the last four of the World of Hyatt card.

A fantastic holiday bonus offer

This latest bonus from Chase gives you an opportunity to earn much more back when shopping for gifts on Amazon and stocking up on groceries for those festive holiday meals. If one of your credit cards might qualify, use the Chase My

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The Latinx Brewers Whose Trump-Branded Beer Became a Drink of the Resistance

The Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago is home to three hundred and thirty-nine hotel rooms, four hundred and eighty-six residential apartments, a huge spa, a hair salon, a suite of event spaces, a restaurant, and a cocktail lounge. As at many luxury buildings, the fleet of workers who perform the cleaning, stocking, fixing, and general upkeep of these spaces are admitted via a service entrance; when a plumber or a furniture-delivery person arrives for a job, he is obligated to check in at a security desk near the service elevators, where he can observe the flow of building employees coming in and out. It was here, in June, 2015, that John Elliott, a union carpenter and woodwork installer, who was working a job inside one of the building’s condominiums, saw handcarts stacked high with kegs of beer being rolled out by a small group of men grinning ear to ear, like they’d pulled off a jewel heist.

“That was the end of Trump Gold,” Elliott told me recently. He’s now retired, but that particular morning has stayed with him over the years; it’s a story he loves to tell. “It was a fleeting moment—it probably lasted all of thirty seconds—but I knew right away what was going on,” he said. “You could see the labels.” The beer, a blond ale produced by the local brewery 5 Rabbit Cervecería, had been available for a little more than a month as the house beer of Rebar, a lounge in the hotel’s mezzanine. The white-label commission had been a windfall for 5 Rabbit, the sort of reliable income stream that can be a lifeline for a small brewery. The partnership was born out of affinity. 5 Rabbit describes itself as a “Latin American-inspired brewery”; Mauricio Kuri, a former food-and-beverage manager at the Chicago Trump Tower, who is Mexican, had felt connected to the brewery and its mission, and commissioned the custom ale, which was on tap at Rebar and stocked, in bottles, in the hotel rooms’ minibars. “It was huge for us,” Mila Ramirez, a partner at 5 Rabbit, told me, of getting the contract.

Then, on June 16, 2015, Donald Trump kicked off his campaign for President with a speech in which he smeared Latinx immigrants, particularly those from Mexico. “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best,” he said. “They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.” Ramirez was born in Peru and grew up in countries including Brazil and Venezuela; her husband, Andrés Araya, was born in Costa Rica. The couple had lived in Mexico City, where their first daughter was born, and many of the brewery’s employees were Mexican. To 5 Rabbit, Trump’s comments were deeply personal. “All Trump had been to us before then was this clown of reality TV,” Ramirez said. “For him to use his platform to speak the way he spoke of my culture—we thought, O.K., we need to remove ourselves completely. I was, like, ‘I will hop in my car

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A bunch of animators remade The Batman’s trailer with Lego

Matt Reeves’ The Batman won’t be released until 2022 thanks to COVID-19 throwing the theater business and movie production in general into disarray. This is good since, really, the entertainment world doesn’t need to be dangling incentives like smokey-eyed superheroes in front of a public that really ought to be staying at home for the time being. The only drawback to the delay is that we’re now up against roughly two years of The Batman existing primarily in the form of a moody, Nirvana-infused trailer that fans will obsess over until the movie finally comes out.

The Joker-like madness borne from obsessive Batman fans watching this trailer over and over again has already surfaced in a horrific Cats mash-up. Now, it’s driven a group of animators to recreate the teaser clip entirely with Lego blocks.

The stop-motion video, posted by Jeremy “Joebor1777″ Borchers and created in collaboration with 12 other animators, is good work. The original trailer’s audio plays over scenes of Lego figures wrapping up plastic corpses with duct tape, wobbling around crime scenes and intricately constructed secret hideouts, and getting their sneering cartoon faces beat in by Batman’s twiggy little fists. It looks great. It’s a really impressive creation.

The only issue we have with it is that its existence also forces us to think of the other die-hard batheads out there, marking Xs on each day of their calendars and counting every minute until The Batman’s release. How will all of these other people channel their excitement for the movie into creative projects? Will we see more horrible Cats-style mash-ups? Or will we get a wave of fans who choose the brighter path, creating their own versions of the trailer using Duplo, Mega Bloks, and Playmobil pieces? If only there was a Batman villain we could turn to who knows how to predict the outcome of binary, good-or-bad events.

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Travel Industry Aces Talk About Bucket List Destinations

Staying curious, with a persistent urge to learn about other cultures, destinations, and landscapes is what will connect us as humans during these uncertain times when we have to stick closer to home to be safe. Currently, we can’t cross many international borders, but we can continue to dream about far-flung locales, discover the extraordinary bits, and map out our next adventure for when travel is given a green light again.

Syncing up with travel writers, editors, and public relations professionals, several bucket-list destinations have been highlighted. Read about countries across the globe and American national parks that have gathered these industry champions into their collective grasps, keeping them engaged and absorbed. Antarctica, Rajasthan, Patagonia, Montana, Peru—these are some of the dreamy locales that have captivated these tourism industry mavens, giving them indelible memories to draw upon, even now, while safely situated at home.

Bucket List Destination: Antarctica

Years ago, my boyfriend, also a travel writer, invited me to accompany him on a dream trip to Antarctica. I hadn’t even thought to have put it on my bucket list at that point, as it seemed to be such an epic and out-of-reach destination in my mind. It was even more captivating up close and in person with its ice-choked passages, stunning icebergs, charismatic wildlife, and bergy bits. I was in a perpetual state of awe and have longed to return ever since. That trip was also the last time I was able to fully disconnect and be entirely present in the moment. I believe a satellite phone was our only workable means of communication. It truly is the last frontier. 

Heather Mikesell is the Co-Founder of Well Defined, a new destination for all things related to wellness. Mikesell, the former editor-in-chief of American Spa magazine, is an award-winning journalist and content strategist, skilled in writing, editing, and media relations. As a freelance writer, she has contributed to Elite Traveler, Islands, Kiwi, Luxury Travel Advisor, Organic Spa, Porthole Cruise, Travel Agent, abcnews.com, jetsetter.com, outside.com, and wellandgood.com

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“A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.”—Tim Cahill

Bucket List Destination: Yellowstone National Park—Wyoming, Montana, Idaho

During these challenging times, I find myself daydreaming of past visits to one of North America’s great wilderness destinations, Yellowstone National Park. It might seem counterintuitive, after so many months of quarantine and social distancing, to fantasize about returning to a place that encompasses over two million acres of remote backcountry and wide-open space, and yet, Yellowstone still calls.

The world’s very first national park (established in 1872 by Ulysses Grant) is an outdoor lover’s paradise that offers a very rare combination of dramatic Rocky Mountain landscapes, incredibly unique geology

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Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal quietly starts taking reservations again

After months of closure, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando is quietly taking reservations again for December bookings.



Catherine Deneuve et al. that are talking to each other: Actress Catherine Deneuve poses at a photocall for the film 'Je Veux Voir' at the Palais des Festivals during the 61st International Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France on May 17, 2008. Photo by Hahn-Nebinger-Orban/ABACAPRESS.COM


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Actress Catherine Deneuve poses at a photocall for the film ‘Je Veux Voir’ at the Palais des Festivals during the 61st International Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France on May 17, 2008. Photo by Hahn-Nebinger-Orban/ABACAPRESS.COM

First reported by theme park watch site WDW News Today, the website for the resort through the Loews portal lists rooms available beginning Dec. 1, starting at $204 a night. However, universalorlando.com still lists operations at the hotel as “temporarily suspended” with no word about reopening in December.



Catherine Deneuve et al. that are talking to each other: Actress Catherine Deneuve poses at a photocall for the film 'Je Veux Voir' at the Palais des Festivals during the 61st International Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France on May 17, 2008. Photo by Hahn-Nebinger-Orban/ABACAPRESS.COM


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Actress Catherine Deneuve poses at a photocall for the film ‘Je Veux Voir’ at the Palais des Festivals during the 61st International Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France on May 17, 2008. Photo by Hahn-Nebinger-Orban/ABACAPRESS.COM

The Portofino Bay Hotel closed with the theme park in March and was not one of the properties the reopened when the park did because of the coronavirus pandemic, such as Universal’s Aventura Hotel and the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. Those closed a second time in August, with WDW News reporting that all closed properties would remain shut through the end of the year.



Joana Hadjithomas, Catherine Deneuve, Khalil Joreige posing for the camera: (L-R) Co-director Joana Hadjithomas, actor Rabih Mroue, actress Catherine Deneuve and director Khalil Joreige pose at a photocall for the film 'Je Veux Voir' at the Palais des Festivals during the 61st International Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France on May 17, 2008. Photo by Hahn-Nebinger-Orban/ABACAPRESS.COM


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(L-R) Co-director Joana Hadjithomas, actor Rabih Mroue, actress Catherine Deneuve and director Khalil Joreige pose at a photocall for the film ‘Je Veux Voir’ at the Palais des Festivals during the 61st International Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France on May 17, 2008. Photo by Hahn-Nebinger-Orban/ABACAPRESS.COM

There is no word yet on why the Portofino Bay Hotel is accepting reservations again. Multiple messages to the Loews hotel chain have gone unanswered.

Sapphire Falls and the Aventura remain closed. Other Universal hotels owned by the Loews chain, including the Endless Summer Resorts, Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, the Hard Rock Hotel and Loews Royal Pacific Resort are open.

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Quarantine And Covid-19 Test Requirements

It’s a confusing picture when looking at U.S. travel restrictions; there are no country-wide rules, and each state has different mandates on who it is letting in and what travelers can do once they arrive. Some quarantine rules are voluntary, some are mandatory. Some require negative Covid-19 tests as a way to be released from self-isolation, some ask for the full fourteen days, regardless.

New England states, Hawaii and Alaska are the strictest with New York recently announcing it would require negative Covid-19 tests from all out-of-state arrivals from 4 November onwards. Chicago and Honolulu are the only cities which currently have different travel restrictions to state-wide regulations.

The same states that had travel restrictions in place in mid October are still the same states which have travel restrictions in place at the beginning of November. However, these states have rapidly tightened free movement in the past two weeks, adding states to quarantine lists in line with soaring Covid-19 infection rates.

32 U.S. states currently have no state-wide travel restrictions

The following states do not currently have any state-wide travel restrictions; Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California (although wildfires are limiting travel around the state), Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana (although visitors to the seven Indian reservations should check), Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina (although the state suggests checking at local destinations), North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota (although roads through Native American reservations might be closed), Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington State (although wildfire conditions need to be monitored), West Virginia, and Wyoming.

18 states currently have travel restrictions

These are Alaska, Connecticut, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Wisconsin. (Washington D.C. also has travel restrictions).

Alaska–a mix of tests, forms and quarantine for everyone

Since August 11, visitors arriving from other states must have; proof of a negative Covid-19 test and a travel declaration; a form from their boss if traveling for work; or pay $250 for a Covid-19 test and self-quarantine until the results come through.

Connecticut–quarantine or negative tests for arrivals from 40 states

Travelers arriving into Connecticut from a state where they have spent more than 24 hours and which has a higher infection rate than 10 per 100,000 people must quarantine for 14 days. The only way to avoid this quarantine is to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken in the past 72 hours. Written proof of the negative result must be emailed to the Commissioner of Public Health ([email protected]).

The states currently on this list are Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin

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Encore Closes Hotel, Reduces Casino Hours Amid New Rules

EVERETT, MA — Encore Boston Harbor is closing its hotel after the governor announced new pandemic restrictions that will also limit the casino’s business hours.

“Encore Boston Harbor supports and will adhere to the additional directives put forth by the Commonwealth aimed to reduce the ongoing risk to public health,” spokesperson for Encore told Patch in a statement. “As a result, we are analyzing the impacts of the directives on our resort operations and will adjust accordingly to be in compliance.”

The hotel will be closed through at least December 15

Beginning Friday, Encore Boston Harbor will reduce its casino hours —which has been 24 hours a day — to weekdays from noon to 9 p.m. on weekends from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

On Monday, Gov. Charlie Baker announced that all restaurants in the state will have to close at 9:30 p.m. starting Friday as part of his stay-at-home advisory amid a rise in coronavirus cases.

Many in the hospitality industry worry the advisory will further hamper businesses that have been hit hard throughout the pandemic, with shifting restrictions on hours, capacity and what type of food people need to get to order alcohol.

“Restaurants are not the problem,” Steve Clark, Massachusetts Restaurant Association Director of Government Affairs, told Patch Monday afternoon.

Read more: ‘Restaurants Are Not The Problem’: Reaction To Massachusetts Pandemic Restrictions

In August, the casino laid off nearly 400 employees who were previously furloughed.

“With continued efforts from the State to minimize the spread of COVID-19, Encore Boston Harbor continues to operate with a significantly reduced capacity in all parts of our resort,” an Encore spokesperson said in a statement at the time.

The casino paid its employees from its closure March 15 through the end of May. Parent company Wynn Resorts said the closure cost the resort $220 million.

There were 2,700 people working at the resort and 915 on furlough, the Boston Globe reported in August.

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Family Vacation’ Star Pauly DelVecchio Is Blocking Fans Who Do This

Jersey Shore: Family Vacation will return with a new season Nov. 19. Many fans are excited about new episodes of the show, and most have talked about it on social media. But Pauly DelVecchio recently started blocking certain people on Twitter. Find out why DelVecchio is blocking Jersey Shore fans on social media. 

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Pauly DelVecchio is officially off the market

Thanks to Double Shot at Love Season 2, DelVecchio and Nikki Hall are back together. The two were able to salvage the romance they formed in season 1, regardless of the trauma Hall suffered because of the show. 

“It kind of just happened,” Hall said of her relationship with DelVecchio during the Double Shot at Love reunion special. “Now we get to spend real time with each other on a different type of level altogether,” DelVecchio added. 

‘Jersey Shore: Family Vacation’ Season 4 will feature Nikki Hall 

Since she’s an important person in DelVecchio’s life, Hall will join the cast of Jersey Shore: Family Vacation during season 4. This season, the roommates and their families gathered at a Las Vegas hotel to celebrate something big.

What they’re celebrating remains a mystery to fans. Still, many people thought the news could have something to do with DelVecchio and Hall’s relationship. An engagement or a pregnancy announcement, perhaps? 

‘Jersey Shore’ fans think Nikki Hall and Pauly DelVecchio have big news to share 

Since Hall and DelVecchio’s relationship was made public knowledge, many fans have started to speculate what’s next for the couple. 

“What if Pauly and Nikki are getting married and they are filming the weeks leading up to it?” a fan questioned about the new season of Jersey Shore: Family Vacation on Reddit. “This would be the reason why the DSAL crew went to Vegas?? They could have Nikki ask the DSAL girls to be in her wedding party because MTV is paying for it.”

It wouldn’t be the first time MTV pulled out all the stops to make an engagement happen. Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino proposed to and married his wife, Lauren, on the show. Plus, last season ended with Angelina Pivarnick’s wedding drama. 

Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, made comments that furthered that fan theory. “I have all the scoop,” Polizzi said during the “Secondhand Embarrassment” episode of her podcast, It’s Happening With Snooki and Joey. “I wish I could say what’s happening because it’s insane. It’s gonna be a good episode, you guys.” 

Fans took this to mean the episode would have something to do with Hall and DelVecchio, either announcing their engagement or pregnancy. Still, regardless of this exciting theory, there are other fans who are disappointed Hall is joining the Jersey Shore: Family Vacation cast.

Pauly DelVecchio is blocking fans who speak ill of his girlfriend Nikki Hall 

DelVecchio has taken a page out of Hall’s book. Since season 1 of Double Shot at Love, Hall has blocked fans who speak negatively about her on social media. 

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China exempt from Hong Kong’s new 14-day hotel quarantine

Nov. 3 (UPI) — Hong Kong is requiring all overseas travelers to quarantine at a hotel for 14 days, with the exception of mainland China, after a mainland Chinese woman tested positive for the coronavirus in Hong Kong on Sunday.

The government of Hong Kong said the 14-day hotel quarantine is mandatory for all visitors, with the exception of people coming from the Chinese mainland, the special administrative region of Macau and Taiwan, the South China Morning Post reported Tuesday.

Starting Nov. 13, all other travelers will be required to show proof of a room reservation at a Hong Kong hotel. Before the policy goes into effect, arrivals can still quarantine at home for two weeks.

“We wanted to tighten the quarantine measures due to the worsening COVID-19 situation globally,” said Chuang Shuk-kwan, a physician and head of the disease branch of Hong Kong’s Center for Health Protection. “In the past, there were a few cases [of people who] infected other family members while they were quarantining at home.”

Hong Kong’s confirmed cases now stand at 5,345, lower than most neighboring countries but still higher than Taiwan, which has recorded only 564 cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.

China reported 86,070 cases on Tuesday, but the country is being exempted from the hotel quarantine requirement at a time when Hong Kong authorities have been curbing pro-democracy protests.

A cluster of infections at Hong Kong’s Mui Wo beach resort hotel has been traced to a Chinese national who tested positive on Sunday, the Hong Kong Free Press reported.

The woman, identified as a 42-year-old sex worker, is facing deportation after reportedly gaining illegal entry into Hong Kong, where police are tracking down about 100 clients who had contact with the woman, according to Hong Kong news service HK01.

On Tuesday Chinese leader Xi Jinping said uncertainties face China, as well as “shocks and challenges,” during a meeting of the Chinese Communist Party’s Central Committee.

Last month Xi stressed the importance of integrating Hong Kong to the mainland on the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the Shenzhen special economic zone.

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Armed robbers steal cash register from hotel

SAN DIEGO – Robbery detectives were investigating an armed robbery at a Mission Valley hotel and an attempted armed robbery at a Bay Park gas station, police said.

The attempted robbery was reported around 2:40 a.m. at the Shell gas station on the corner of Clairemont Drive and Denver Street, San Diego police Officer John Buttle said.

A gas station employee had just returned from taking out the trash when he turned to lock the front doors, but two men walked up and pulled open the doors before he could lock them, Buttle said.

Both men had handguns and demanded money from the employee, the officer said. When the employee told them he didn’t have any money, one of the men pistol whipped him in the head.

The pair then fled the store and were last seen heading northbound on Denver Street. No loss was reported.

Both suspects were described as Black men in their 40s. They were both wearing dark clothing, masks and baseball hats.

Shortly before 3:05 a.m. a robbery was reported at a hotel on Hotel Circle Place, off Hotel Circle North west of Fashion Valley Road, Buttle said.

Two armed men entered a hotel lobby, then left with a cash register, he said.

The suspects from that robbery were described as two Black men wearing masks and dark hoodies.

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