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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:
Some credit card benefits expire at the end of the calendar year, so now’s the time to take advantage. Obviously, this will vary depending on each card, but some of the most notable perks include the $200 airline fee credit offered by The Platinum Card from American Express, the 4th quarter bonus categories with the Chase Freedom and the $250 air travel credit from the Citi Prestige. For more credit card perks and details on the above offers, click here.
At first I was skeptical of JetBlue Mint’s business class, but after a couple trips it’s now my favorite domestic option. Thanks to perks such as closable suites, great entertainment, free Wi-Fi and great food (no, really!), I’m hooked. For more details about why I love JetBlue Mint’s Business class, read the full post here.
Currently, there’s a limited-time increased sign-up bonus for the CitiBusiness / AAdvantage Platinum Select World MasterCard, which is the business counterpart of the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard. With this offer, you’ll earn 50,000 AAdvantage miles after signing up for this card and spending $3,000 within the first three months of account opening. For more highlights of the limited-time offer, read the full post here.
The DOJ recently intervened to block United from acquiring Delta’s Newark slots following United’s recent departure from JFK. The decision couldn’t be clearer in the DOJ’s news release. For more information on this, click here.
Starwood’s presence on and around the Las Vegas strip has been surprisingly limited — until now. The brand is adding a 1,324-room SLS to Starwood’s Tribute Portfolio. SLS plans to renovate its LUX tower, which currently has 289 guest rooms. After the renovation, LUX will become a full-blown W Hotel, including an Away Spa and a WET outdoor pool and bar. For more news on these two new hotels, read our full coverage here.
In Other News…
Air Berlin Expands in The US
Air Berlin has announced it will be amping up its presence in the US with the introduction of several new routes beginning in May 2016: flights between Dusseldorf and Boston, Dallas, San Francisco and even Havana. Service between Dusseldorf and New York and Los Angeles will also be expanding to add additional flights each week.
American and United are both offering bonus miles for holiday shopping via their portals. Each bonus offer is detailed below and is based on cumulative qualifying purchases made during the bonus period:
American: Earn 450 bonus miles when you spend $150; 2,000 bonus miles when you spend $550; or 5,000 bonus miles when you spend $1,200. Shop through November 26, 2015.
United: Earn 500 bonus miles when you spend $150; 1,500 bonus miles when you spend $350; 3,000 bonus miles when you spend $650; or 6,000 bonus miles when you spend $1,250 or more. Shop until November 24, 2015 at 11:59:59 pm ET.
Hyatt Extends Gold Passport “Guest of Honor” Feature
Hyatt has extended the Diamond “Guest of Honor” benefit, allowing Diamond members to redeem points for someone else’s award stay and give Diamond benefits to that person during their stay. The benefits include:
- The best room available upon arrival, excluding suites
- A special welcome amenity
- Exclusive access to the Regency Club or Grand Club lounge, including complimentary breakfast
- An upgrade to premium Wi-Fi where available
- 4pm late checkout
Buy Two Alaska Tickets and Get A Third for Free for Select Ski Destinations
Register and fly two round-trips to one of the ski destinations below, and you’ll get a discount code good for a third round-trip ticket to any of the same destinations. You’ll only need to pay the for the taxes and fees (starting at $21). You must first register your Mileage Plan number by February 5, 2016 (before your first qualifying flight). Then, fly two round-trips to any of the select ski destinations above between November 19, 2015 and February 23, 2016. Below are the qualifying ski destinations:
- Crested Butte/Gunnison (Service starts December 16)
- Mammoth Lakes
- Reno/Lake Tahoe
- Salt Lake City
- Steamboat Springs (Service starts December 12)
- Sun Valley
Gogo Wi-Fi Installed On 2,500 Planes
Gogo has hit a milestone: There are now 2,500 aircraft flying with its inflight connectivity. Now that the planes have been outfitted with the technology, Gogo wants to focus on increasing bandwidth and outfitting more planes with the 2Ku technology.
Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.
- 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