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Yesterday’s News: Marriott Cash + Points, the World’s Longest Flight and More

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The sign-up offer for the Chase Sapphire Preferred card has been increased from 40,000 to 50,000 points after $4,000 spent within the first three months. You can earn an additional 5,000 points when you add an authorized user and make a purchase within the first 3 months as well.

Were you busy traveling to exciting locations yesterday (on points or miles, of course)? Never fear — we’ve got your back with a recap of the previous day’s top stories, including news, reviews and more.

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Southwest is Offering $49 One-Way Flights through Thursday

Southwest’s 72-hour flight deals are back, with a ton of different options around the US and fares as low as $49. Oh, and you can also earn double points on your purchase with the Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Card. You’ve got until 11:59pm on Thursday, October 15, so act sooner than later!

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Marriott Details its New Cash + Points Awards

Unlike the recent spate of rewards program changes, almost all of which have left loyal customers in the cold, Marriott’s new benefits — including points sharing and the ability to earn elite credit on redemption stays, along with a cash and points option — are actually a plus. Of course, other programs already offer cash and points redemptions, so ultimately Marriott is playing catch-up here. Still, it’s worth seeing if these changes could help up your points game.


Rewards Card of the Week: Chase Sapphire Preferred

With a current earn of 40,000 bonus points when you spend $4,000 within the first three months, if you don’t already have the Chase Sapphire Preferred card, now’s the time to get it. Points transfer instantly to many travel partners — for example, 40,000 bonus points can be converted to 40,000 United miles or Hyatt points.

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Singapore to Resume World’s Longest Flights from New York and LA

Ladies and gentlemen, charge your iPads: Singapore Airlines has announced plans to re-launch the world’s longest flight, traveling nonstop from New York to Singapore. Singapore has 63 A350-900s on order, including seven of this new ULR (ultra-long-range) variant due in 2018, which will be used for the NY and Los Angeles nonstops. Fingers crossed for swanky new suites!

Want more of the week’s hottest stories? Head to our Saturday recap right here.

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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®
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  • 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
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  • 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
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N/A 16.24%-23.24% Variable Introductory Annual Fee of $0 the first year, then $95 0% Excellent Credit