Chase Seeks Travel Domination, The World’s Most Famous “Beach” Reopens & Boston’s Four Seasons Is Stunning

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Roundup: Articles From Around the Web

Here are some posts from around the web that I thought you may find interesting.  Let me know if there is anything good I missed.  Email me anything awesome that you find, or write, at



It looks like a stunning hotel, but it should be at those prices. Yikes!

Tourism killed Thailand’s most famous bay. Here’s how it was brought back to life – CNN Travel

The Beach movie is a guilty pleasure of mine so I have always kept my eye on this story. I think the changes, while adding more restrictions, actually make the experience better for tourists. It is cool to see how much the ecosystem has changed in just a few years.

JPMorgan Is Building a Giant Travel Agency – Wall Street Journal

I get the expansion goals from Chase because if you get a customer to do everything with you then you have them for life. But I wish they would focus on improving their system and training their agents before looking at expansion. It will be a mess. Here are some excerpts since it is behind a paywall:

“Travel has become one of the most important spending categories for banks and credit card issuers, and JPMorgan wants a bigger piece of it. The bank hopes to turn those traveling customers into lifelong Chase fans, drawing in more of their spending and other financial needs…

…JPMorgan estimates that its customers account for one of every three dollars spent on leisure travel in the U.S., though those customers book only a tiny amount on the Ultimate Rewards website.

With the new offerings, JPMorgan executives believe the bank could capture $15 billion in bookings in 2025, five times what it handled before the recent buildup. That would make it the third-biggest travel agent in the country, based on 2021 volumes, according to industry publication Travel Weekly. That is still far smaller than the parent companies of and Expedia, which each manage more than $70 billion.

The idea is for JPMorgan to control the entire shopping and buying experience for a purchase customers are passionate about. Automobiles and homes might be next, executives said.”


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Mark Ostermann
Mark Ostermann is a father, husband and miles/points fanatic. He left the corporate world after starting a family in order to be a stay at home dad. Mark is constantly looking at ways to save money and stay within budget while also taking awesome vacations with his family. When he isn't caring for his family or taking a weekend trip, Mark is working towards his goal of visiting every Major League Baseball ballpark.

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