People Are Poring Over Jeff Bezos’ Flight Records For Clues to Future Amazon HQ2
This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.
Cities across the country have been waiting on pins and needles for Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to pick the new location for his behemoth company’s second headquarters.
The shortlist of the final 20 cities was revealed in January, but scant clues about the new headquarters have surfaced since that announcement months ago.
Diehard Amazon observers are now so desperate for a hint, they are speculating whether Bezos’ travel patterns might reveal which locations are being most seriously considered. (Despite the fact that Amazon told Fox Business that “there’s no connection between Jeff’s personal and business travel, and our HQ2 search,” which pokes a giant hole in the travel theory).
An analysis of his private jet’s flight records by Puget Sound Business Journal does show that in the last two years, Bezos has made multiple stops to Reagan National Airport (DCA) in Washington, DC, which technically is on the shortlist for Amazon’s HQ2, but is also home to several other of Bezos’ major commitments. Not only is Amazon Web Services based inside The Beltway, but Bezos also owns a mansion nearby and is the owner of a little media company called The Washington Post. DC is the second most visited city by Bezos’ private jet, second only to Amazon’s original headquarters, Seattle.
DCA, located in Arlington, Virginia, is in the general vicinity of several potential Amazon HQ2 locations still in the running: Washington, DC, northern Virginia and Montgomery County, Maryland, leading some people to speculate that the purpose for his frequent trips to the DC area could be scouting HQ2 locations. But, it is likely his other commitments that are drawing him to the area.
Private jet prediction techniques aside, it seems the only way to know the location of HQ2 for sure is to wait for the official announcement at the end of the year.
Welcome to The Points Guy!
WELCOME OFFER: 80,000 Points
TPG'S BONUS VALUATION*: $1,650
CARD HIGHLIGHTS: 2X points on all travel and dining, points transferrable to over a dozen travel partners
*Bonus value is an estimated value calculated by TPG and not the card issuer. View our latest valuations here.
- Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,000 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. Plus earn up to $50 in statement credits towards grocery store purchases within your first year of account opening.
- Earn 2X points on dining including eligible delivery services, takeout and dining out and travel. Plus, earn 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
- Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,000 toward travel.
- With Pay Yourself Back℠, your points are worth 25% more during the current offer when you redeem them for statement credits against existing purchases in select, rotating categories.
- Get unlimited deliveries with a $0 delivery fee and reduced service fees on eligible orders over $12 for a minimum of one year with DashPass, DoorDash's subscription service. Activate by 12/31/21.
- Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more.
- Get up to $60 back on an eligible Peloton Digital or All-Access Membership through 12/31/2021, and get full access to their workout library through the Peloton app, including cardio, running, strength, yoga, and more. Take classes using a phone, tablet, or TV. No fitness equipment is required.