Friday, February 10, 2017 issues millions of bonuses to members due to crediting issues, an online rewards website, paid out millions of bonuses to users on Friday due to “crediting issues,” the company said in an announcement on their website. operates a rewards network which offers multiple ways to earn virtual currency called HoneyDollars (HD). Members can redeem their HDs for Amazon gift cards, PayPal gift cards or donate their earnings to charity. [Full story]

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Virginia is the most romantic state, according to Ibotta

Virginia really is for lovers. That's according to Ibotta, the mobile shopping app whose users have earned more than $170 million in cash-back rebates on everyday purchases. On Thursday, Ibotta released results from its first-ever Valentine's Day shopping data analysis, and found that Virginia is the most romantic state based on wine and chocolate sales. [Full story]

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

ClixSense removes PayPal as payment option

The popular online rewards website ClixSense has removed PayPal as a payment option for its users due to new policy changes at PayPal[Full story]

Video: Coast Guard overflight of New Orleans tornado damage

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans conducted an overflight in eastern New Orleans to assess the damage caused by tornadoes on Tuesday. The Coast Guard has not conducted search and rescue operations in response to the tornadoes. U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 3rd Class Travis Magee.

10th annual Routes Americas conference to plan new flights in North and South America

The aviation industry will gather in Las Vegas next week (Feb. 14-16) at the 10th annual Routes Americas conference to plan new flights in North and South America.

Routes Americas brings together airlines, airports and tourism authorities to develop new air services. It moves to a new city every year to highlight the diverse aviation markets across the Americas. The Las Vegas event will be the largest to date with 820 delegates taking part in 2,700 meetings.

Nearly half of Las Vegas' 42.9 million annual visitors travel by air and the airport generates $30 billion in local economic impact. The city held more than 21,000 meetings, trade shows and conventions in 2016 which supported 65,000 jobs.

McCarran International Airport and Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) will host Routes Americas 2017. The leading airlines that will attend include American Airlines, Air Canada, Aeromexico, Delta Air Lines, jetBlue, Latam and United Airlines. Around 100 airlines, 260 airports and 40 tourism authorities are expected in total.

The latest issues and challenges facing the aviation industry will be debated at the event's Strategy Summit. The high profile speakers include Brian Hedberg, director of the Office of International Aviation at the U.S. Department of Transport; Roger Dow, president and CEO of U.S. Travel Association; and Peter Cerdá, regional vice president of International Air Transport Association.

This will be the second time that LVCVA and McCarran International Airport have brought a Routes event to the city. Las Vegas gained more than 120 weekly flights with an estimated annual economic impact of $440 million in direct visitor spending in the year after the event.

"The U.S. aviation market is the busiest in the world and it is expected to grow to 904 million passengers a year by 2025," said Steven Small, brand director of Routes.

The conference will be held at ARIA Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, Nev.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Phone app lets users play matchmaker and earn money

Spritzr, the popular app that lets users play matchmaker, now lets users earn money by making successful matches. With some inspiration and Cupid-like skills, users can earn up to $250 each month, the company said in a press release Tuesday.

Spritzr has an intuitive interface where users simply drag and drop photos of singles they think are suited. If the individuals like each other, a successful match is made earning the matchmaker $10 Cupid Cash. This can be cashed out into real dollars when the user hits $100. Matches can be made for friends or complete strangers alike, with a limit of 10 couples matched per day. Matchmakers can tap on someone’s photo to reveal a profile including several other pictures, basic personal information (height, age, kids, work, education, etc), and a series of “tags” or labels that identify interests and personality traits (yogi, world traveler, adrenaline junkie).

Singles seeking love trade in $10 Cupid Cash for each successful match they receive. They replenish Cupid Cash by playing matchmaker for other singles or by purchasing it outright. Typically, online daters pay a monthly subscription or purchase credits for additional ‘likes’, with no guarantee they’ll make a match. On Spritzr, singles will only pay for successful matches. Furthermore, by playing matchmaker for others, singles could end up with more money than they started with.