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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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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 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 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. There’s no telling how much longer these cards will be around and available for new applications because of the Marriott takeover, so now might just be the perfect time to apply. Apart from hotel redemptions, you can transfer Starpoints to over 30 airline partners, and now also transfer points from Starwood to Marriott Rewards at a 1:3 ratio, opening up even more redemption options.
There’s no telling how much longer these cards will be around and available for new applications because of the Marriott takeover, so now might just be the perfect time to apply. Apart from hotel redemptions, you can transfer Starpoints to over 30 airline partners, and now also transfer points from Starwood to Marriott Rewards at a 1:3 ratio, opening up even more redemption options.