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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:

TPG’s new cards for 2016.

The 4 Credit Cards I’ve Added So Far in 2016

Coming into 2016, The Points Guy was already sporting 20 cards in his portfolio, but there are always new opportunities to maximize your points and miles even more. He added four new cards to the mix to keep things fresh, including Citi Prestige for its fourth night free perk and Capital One Quicksilver for a boost to Uber earnings.

Asiana’s A380s have a staggered business class seat layout that’s popular with couples. Photo courtesy of Asiana.

11 Best Business Class Seats For Couples

Traveling with a companion isn’t always the most comfortable experience, even if you’re lucky enough to snag two adjacent seats on your flight. Instead, aim for one of these airlines with a seat configuration designed perfectly for traveling couples.

AA is offering complimentary status to select AAdvantage members.

American Airlines Targets AAdvantage Members With Free Platinum Status

American Airlines is targeting select AAdvantage members with complimentary Gold and Platinum status through May. The lucky flyers will also have access to 500 mile bonus upgrades as well as standard perks like free checked bags and priority check-in, not to mention a fast-track to keep status through 2018.

These are the best low-fee cards to sign up for this year.

Top 9 Low-Fee Credit Cards for 2016

A low annual fee doesn’t mean you should outright skip a card in favor of a premium option. Many cards have a low fee and amazing earning potential. Here’s why they deserve a spot in your lineup.

Costco has delayed its switch to Visa for a few more months.

Costco’s Switch from Amex to Visa Delayed Until Summer 2016

Costco’s pending switch from Amex to Visa is a big deal for many cardholders, and the latest news means that the transition will take even longer. The wholesaler recently announced that the switch would be delayed from April 1 to “early summer.”

In Other News…

Virgin Atlantic is offering discounts on economy and premium economy award tickets.

Virgin Atlantic Offers Discounts on Award Travel

Virgin Atlantic is offering discounted award redemptions on economy seats to and from the UK on select routes from 24,500 miles, plus a $500 surcharge. The airline is also running a sale on discounted premium economy award tickets at a 30% discount. The sale is available to book between February 10 and 24.

Save on KLM with Amex Offers.

$200 Off KLM Flights Until April 8 With Amex Offers

KLM and Amex are offering a $200 statement credit on flights booked by April 8 for KLM transactions totaling more than $1,000. You must sign up through Amex Offers to be eligible for the credit.

Fly BusinessFirst on United to Belfast to earn a bonus.

Earn Double Award Miles on United BusinessFirst Flights to Belfast

United is offering double miles on flights to Belfast in BusinessFirst when you book by February 22. Travel dates must fall between February 9 and March 31, while return travel must be completed by April 10.

AA has opened first class award space on its transcontinental flights.

American Airlines Opens First Class Award Availability on Transcontinental Flights

For a while it was tough to find first class availability on AA’s flagship transcon routes, even in the hours leading up to the flight. However, it seems that now First Class is once again easy to find within 2-3 days of departure.

Earn triple miles on Lufthansa flights from Germany.

Lufthansa Gives Triple Miles on Economy Flights from Germany 

German airline Lufthansa is offering flyers three times the award miles on economy flights from Germany with its Miles & More program. The offer is available for flights now through April 30.

British Airways will begin flying from Stansted (STN). Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

British Airways Will Launch Service from London Stansted Airport This May

British Airways will begin flying to and from London Stansted Airport (STN) this summer with service to vacation destinations like Faro in Portugal as well as Ibiza, Malaga and Palma in Spain. Although there aren’t any flights to the US from the airport, it’s a big airport for RyanAir flights to other parts of Europe.

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