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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 been 20 years since TPG started redeeming points and miles for travel. What began as a hobby — and a family trip to Grand Cayman he planned as a teenager — has since evolved into TPG.com and brought Brian Kelly to some of the world’s most beautiful destinations.
The Chase Trifecta — comprised of the Chase Freedom, Sapphire and Ink Plus cards — is one of the best credit card combos out there for maximizing spending on purchases ranging from travel and dining to your phone bill each month.
Check out TPG’s first-ever GoPro Review for a look at the Cathay Pacific first-class experience on his latest flight to New York from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The 19-hour journey came with sweet perks like in-flight Champagne and caviar service.
January was a great month for flyers with new flights from Los Angeles, seasonal service to New England and the introduction of new aircraft like the A380 and A350 on existing flights to the US. Check out the full list to see where you can travel in 2016. TPGtv is almost here: Starting Monday, February 1, you’ll be able to follow The Points Guy as he explores the jungles of Rwanda, sails through Ha Long Bay, Vietnam, and travels the world using points and miles as part of his new weekly program. Never miss an episode: Click here to subscribe to TPG on YouTube.
In Other News…
Airlines are Offering Refunds on Travel to Destinations Affected by the Zika Virus
The Zika virus outbreak in Latin and South America has recently become a public health issue, and the CDC has expanded its alerts for American travelers visiting the region. In response to the news and continued spread, American, Delta, United and other carriers have begun issuing refunds for travelers scheduled to visit the impacted areas. Each carrier is managing policies differently, so check with your airline to see if you’re eligible.
Alaska Airlines Announces Rebranding in 2016
Alaska Airlines will begin revamping its brand throughout 2016 with new visual updates on the plane’s liveries, as well as on the ground at airports and online. For a hint of what’s to come, visit the airline’s website, which is already sporting the new design.
American Airlines Brings Its 777-300ER to a New Route
American Airlines will begin flying its flagship aircraft to Buenos Aires starting in April, pulling the plane from its current home of Sao Paulo, Brazil. The three-class cabin is typically reserved for the airline’s flagship routes, like flights to London or Hong Kong from the US.
JetBlue Offers New TrueBlue Members Bonus Points for Signing Up
Not yet a member of JetBlue’s frequent flyer program, TrueBlue? Now’s the perfect time to sign up — if you enroll in the program through this page and fly by March 14, 2016, you’ll earn 3,500 bonus points.
Win a Free Flight to Abu Dhabi on Etihad’s A380
Etihad recently launched its flagship A380 flight to New York, sporting luxury features like The Residence. Now the airline is offering a chance to win a free flight from the Big Apple. Visit Etihad’s Facebook page for details on how to enter.
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®
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- No foreign transaction fees
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