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Rats: Celebrations and the Amex Kind. Plus, a Famous Steakhouse Unearths Mob Secrets!

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Do you know who’s having a great year? Rats. Amex reportedly has them out in full force. Vegas (of all places!) is celebrating them. Plus, a legendary Chicago steakhouse apparently was a mob hangout.

Those stories are some of the interesting stories and blog posts I found today. 

The Amex RATs Are Showing Their Claws

Amex’s Rewards Abuse Team (also known as “RAT”) is reportedly charging some cardholders for airline incidental credit purchases made last year.

According to DoC, “if you charged an airline incidental fee to your Amex card, then cancelled the charge and got a refund by merchant…the Amex system ‘didn’t realize’ that the charge was refunded by merchant and they credited you with the refund, essentially resulting in double-refund.”

Speaking of rats —

Bellagio Celebrates the Year of the Rat

Bugsy Siegel must be spinning his grave. The Chicago Outfit will assuredly seek revenge.

Why?

The Conservatory & Botanical Gardens at Bellagio Las Vegas is celebrating the Year of the Rat. 🙂

“Designing a visually appealing display around a much-maligned rodent is no mean feat,” writes Vital Vegas. “The other challenge, of course, is it’s not just the Year of the Rat. It’s the Year of the Coronavirus. Awkward.”

While we’re (sort of) talking about the Chicago mob —

Holy Cow! Harry Caray’s Steakhouse Sits on an Old Mafia Haunt!

Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse in downtown Chicago occupies a space that’s lived a fairly colorful history. A former hangout for Chicago mob legend Al Capone, the place served as:

  • a museum for taxidermy animals
  • a bootlegged liquor distribution center
  • an illegal slot machine joint

Read more about this fascinating story — and how the current owners are still discovering crazy, hidden secrets.

Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse in Rosemont, Illinois.

(This isn’t the same Harry Caray’s Steakhouse location many of us visit during the Chicago Seminars. “Ours” is at the Holiday Inn & Suites Chicago O’Hare-Rosemont.)

A Jumbo Jet — Converted into a Hostel!

How cool is this? The Passport Memoirs travel blogger Katie needed a place to stay overnight in Stockholm. She found this 747 converted into a hostel!

Skol, Viking — US River Cruises?

You’ve likely seen at least a television ad for Viking River Cruises that travel throughout Europe.

But they might be coming to the United States, too. The company will announce in April “the newest and most ambitious river voyages in America’s heartland.”

Travel Pulse reports Viking has “worked to secure dock space in communities along the Mississippi River” and “the Dubuque (Iowa) City Council approved plans to build a new dock.”

Would you take a US river cruise?

— Chris

Featured image: ©iStock.com/sewer11

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