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Each Saturday, we round up news stories that you may have missed from the week before, including several that already appeared on The Points Guy, and some more that we haven’t covered yet. If you’re an avid TPG reader, scroll down for the new stuff. Here’s the top miles, points and travel news you may have missed this week:

The W South Beach is a gorgeous Starwood property. Find out how to use and earn Starwood points in this post.
The W South Beach, a gorgeous Starwood property.

The Award Traveler’s Guide to Starwood Preferred Guest

It’s no secret that Starpoints are the most valuable loyalty currency. Our guide to the Starwood Preferred Guest program details the many ways you can earn points, the benefits of elite status, award nights and more. Read our full post here.

United transcon flights are flying from Newark, not JFK
United transcon flights are now departing from Newark, not JFK.

United Pulls Flights Out of JFK

On October 25, 2015, United moved all of its Premium Service transcontinental flights from JFK to Newark. With the change, the carrier no longer operates out of JFK, which could be good or bad news depending on which airport is most convenient to you. For more information on this change, click here.

Norwegian's Premium cabin.
Norwegian’s Premium cabin.

Flight Review: Norwegian Airways 787 New York to Oslo

TPG Editor-in-Chief Zach Honig paid $575 to fly Norwegian’s Premium class from New York to Oslo on the airline’s 787 Dreamliner. The flight exceeded his expectations, with friendly flight attendants, good food and manageable fees. For more detail on the flight and lots of photos, click here.

The SSSS is finally gone, no more TSA massages
The SSSS is finally gone. No more TSA massages!

The SSSSaga Ends

My long struggle with the dreaded SSSS classification, which marked me for enhanced airport security screening every time I traveled domestically, is finally over. I’ve flown 11 times since the Turkey trip (which is how I was flagged) and six of those boarding passes had the SSSS mark. To read all about the SSSSaga and how I managed to get rid of it, click here.

I tried four different entrees on my SAS flight to Newark from Copenhagen.
Four different entrees on the SAS flight from Copenhagen to Newark.

Taste-Testing Entrees on SAS Copenhagen to Newark Flight

TPG Editor-in-Chief Zach Honig got to taste all four entrees on the SAS inaugural 737 flight from Copenhagen to Newark: ricotta cannelloni, beef cheek, seared chicken breast and fried cod. For more details on each and to find out his favorite, read the full post here.

In Other News…

Earn 3x AAdvantage miles for Hilton stays at select properties.
Earn 3x AAdvantage miles for Hilton stays at select properties.

Earn Triple AAdvantage Miles with Hilton Stays

Hilton HHonors members can earn 3x AA miles for stays at participating hotels and resorts within the Hilton portfolio in Latin America, Caribbean and Canada before December 31, 2015. Be sure to select American Airlines as your preferred Double Dip Points & Miles Partner in your HHonors profile to qualify for this offer.

Buy or gift points and receive a bonus
Buy or gift points and receive a bonus.

50% Bonus for Purchased/Gifted JetBlue TrueBlue Points

Buy or gift TrueBlue points by November 30, 2015 and receive up to a 50% bonus. The bonuses breakdown is below:

  • 5,000 – 9,500 points = 20% bonus
  • 10,000-19,500 points = 30% bonus
  • 20,000 – 29,500 points = 40% bonus
  • 30,000 points = 50% bonus
Some delicious dining at an AA Flagship lounge.
Some dining options at an AA Flagship lounge.

AA Flagship Dining Lounge Opening at Dallas DFW

Starting November 3, 2015, select international passengers can access Flagship Dining, a premium food experience inside American’s Admirals Club in Terminal D at DFW. You can access the lounge if you’re traveling on an eligible international itinerary (to/from Europe, Asia, Central and South America and Mexico City) and are either traveling in first class on an American- or a Oneworld-operated flight or hold Advantage Executive Platinum or Oneworld Emerald status.

Lyft will now do pickups from the Las Vegas airport. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.
Lyft will now do pickups from the Las Vegas airport. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Lyft Comes to Las Vegas McCarran Airport

Uber and Lyft have successfully made it through legal battles to win the right to operate in the Las Vegas area. Plus, Lyft can now pick up passengers at Las Vegas McCarran Airport. We hope Uber will soon follow suit.

Win 80,000 Hawaiian miles.
Win 80,000 Hawaiian miles toward a winter vacation.

Win 80,000 Hawaiian Airlines Miles

You could win 80,000 Hawaiian Airlines miles in the “Trade in your Winter” sweepstakes. To win, take a short quiz related to visiting Hawaii. The contest is open only to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who are at least 18 years old at the time of entry. Enter by November 15, 2015 at 11:59 pm ET.

Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express

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  • Get 25,000 bonus Starpoints® after you use your new Card to make $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on international purchases.
  • Receive free in-room, premium internet access. Booking requirements apply.
  • Enjoy complimentary, unlimited Boingo Wi-Fi on up to four devices at more than 1,000,000 Boingo hotspots worldwide. Enrollment required.
  • Get free nights at over 1,200 hotels and resorts in nearly 100 countries with no blackout dates. Some hotels may have mandatory service and resort charges.
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
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Intro APR Regular APR Annual Fee Foreign Transaction Fee Credit Rating
N/A 15.49%-19.49% Variable $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95. 0% Excellent Credit