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Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed:

These are my top picks for travel reward credit cards this March. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.
Check out my top picks for travel rewards credit cards in March. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Reminder: Top Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers or March 2015

Every month I round up the best current travel credit cards out there as a reference in case you’re thinking of applying for a new card (or several). Below are my picks for the top offers for March 2015. For more information and details on each card, read the full post here. 

1. Citi / AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite MasterCard and CitiBusiness / AAdvantage Platinum Select World MasterCard
2. British Airways Visa Signature Card
3. Ink Plus Business Card
4. Platinum Card from American Express (also check for a targeted 100,000 point offer using the Cardmatch tool)
5. Citi Prestige Card
6. United MileagePlus Explorer Business Card
7. Chase Sapphire Preferred Card
8. IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card
9. US Airways Premier World MasterCard
10. Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard

You may get stuck in the middle seat when British Airways begins assigning seats for customers with the HBO fare. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.
You may get stuck in the middle seat when British Airways begins assigning seats for customers with the HBO fare. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

British Airways Allocates Seats for HBO Fare Short Haul Flights

No, British Airways isn’t trying to get in on the Game of Thrones craze. The airline made a change to its Hand Bag Only fare class for bookings made on or after March 26, 2015. Seats will be allocated automatically for travelers with this fare when check-in opens. If you want to change your seat, you can pay to do so at that time or pay to reserve a seat when you book your flight. If you’re traveling with an infant on an HBO fare, your seat will continue to be allocated at the time of booking. The changes apply to all Executive Club Members booking HBO fares; Bronze Members can continue to select seats for free seven days before departure, and Silver and Gold Members can select seats at the time of booking for free.

Air Asia's ASEAN pass offers one month of flying for $160.
Air Asia’s ASEAN pass offers one month of flying for $160.

The Air Asia ASEAN Pass Offers One Month of Flying for $160

The Air Asia ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations, consisting of Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Cambodia, the Philippines, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam) pass offers one month of flying for $160. For 30 days, you get 10 credits worth of flights to redeem. Flights cost between 1 and 3 credits each. For example, Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh is one credit, whereas Bangkok to Bali is 3 credits. You can alternatively buy 20 credits for $290. You must book your flights 14 days or more before the departure date, and the pass is valid on more than 140 routes.

Sheraton plans on expanding into new countries
Sheraton is opening some new hotels in 2015 and 2016.

Sheraton Opens New Hotels in 2015

Sheraton, which is part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, is planning to open 20 new hotels by the end of 2015. approximately one-third of the newly opened hotels will be in the Asia Pacific region (including several in China). Sheraton expects to reach its 500th hotel in 2016 by opening 50 new hotels and entering into 14 new countries (like Sri Lanka) by the end of 2016.

Earn US Airways miles and AAvantage miles with Hertz rentals
Earn US Airways miles and AAvantage miles with Hertz rentals.

Earn Bonus AAdvantage and Dividend Miles for Hertz Rentals

You can earn up to six times the AAdvantage miles per $1 spent or four times the US Airways Dividend Miles per $1 spent and save up to 35% on Hertz rentals.

AA Miles: The offer is valid in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, and United Kingdom through August 31, 2015. (Use CDP# 217692 PC# 179255)

US Airways: The offer is valid at participating airport and off airport locations in the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico, and Mexico through June 30, 2015. (Use CDP# 157348 and PC# 180143)

Get credit for referring friends to Orbitz and take advantage of select promotions
Get credit for referring friends to Orbitz and take advantage of select promotions.

Refer Friends to Orbitz “Orbucks” Rewards and Get $25 Credit

New members who you refer to Orbitz Rewards will earn $25 credit for their first hotel stay. Once they complete their first stay over $50, you’ll get a $25 credit. Orbitz also offers bonus points promotions. Until March 19, 2015 you can get triple Orbucks when you book select flights on Alitalia, or earn quadruple Orbucks for booking select flights on Turkish Air through March 25, 2015.

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

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  • Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Named Best Credit Card for Flexible Travel Redemption - Kiplinger's Personal Finance, July 2016
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
  • No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards
Intro APR Regular APR Annual Fee Foreign Transaction Fee Credit Rating
N/A 16.24%-23.24% Variable Introductory Annual Fee of $0 the first year, then $95 0% Excellent Credit