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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:
What’s your points and miles plan this year? TPG has 23 credit cards in his wallet, but plans to ditch four of them in 2016. Along the way, he’ll probably pick up a few more to keep things fresh and maximize his points and miles game.
Budget and low-cost airlines have a reputation for making passengers feel more like cargo than guests, but Norwegian’s Transatlantic Dreamliner service breaks the mold. With a great price tag, this flight could be a strong contender for your next trip across the pond.
Sign-up bonuses aren’t always the best reason to get a premium card. The Citi Prestige is one of the best cards for travelers looking for awesome, cost-saving benefits — use this card right and you could end up saving thousands of dollars on travel this year alone.
With Delta’s constant devaluations, it’s tough to find reasonably priced award space. Luckily, the airline is currently running a discounted award sale to London, with round-trips starting at 45,000 miles. The catch: You’ll have to book by January 18 (this Monday) for travel dates between February 1 and March 24, 2016.
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In Other News…
Turkeys On A Plane?
We’ve heard of bringing a cat or dog on a plane for emotional support, but how about a turkey? See what happened when a Delta passenger recently decided to bring a turkey along for the ride as an in-flight therapy pet.
Earn Double Points on JetBlue Flights Until March
JetBlue is offering TrueBlue members the chance to earn double base points on all flights through February 29, 2016 — without a bonus, you’d already earn three points per dollar for your fare, so with this promo you’ll get six. Book your flights by January 31 to take advantage of this deal.
Hyatt Will End AARP Benefits This Month
Starting January 31, you’ll no longer be able to take advantage of Hyatt’s discounted rates for AARP members. Additionally, if you have stays booked in the future, your rate might change following this announcement. Anyone is eligible to join AARP for $16 a year — there are still other travel deals for members, such as discounts on British Airways flights.
Delta To Change LAX Terminals
The airline shared this week that it plans to re-arrange its current location in LAX. Delta has grown quite a bit over the past few years in Los Angeles and will eventually make the move from the crowded 5 and 6 terminals to terminals 2 and 3, although an official date for the switch hasn’t yet been reported.
Qantas Lounge Employees Looking for Tips
If you’re stopping by Qantas’ lounge in LAX anytime soon, you may notice some not-so-subtle hints from staff to leave a tip. Some employees are allegedly planting fake tips from supposed previous guests to make it seem that tipping is expected. A Qantas spokesperson, meanwhile, said that there is no expectation or encouragement for guests to leave a tip in the lounge. 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.
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.