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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:
Looking to add a new card to your portfolio this month? These are the top 10 travel rewards card offers for March 2016, including the new increased sign-up bonus for the SPG Amex card.
Although United’s 747 will soon be retired, the airline is currently flying the iconic aircraft on its domestic routes. TPG Editor-in-Chief Zach Honig recently had the chance to test out UA’s 747 on the plane’s new domestic route between Chicago and San Francisco.
Starpoints are one of the most valuable currencies out there, and the new SPG Amex card is offering a sign-up bonus of 35,000 points when you spend $3,000 in the first three months. Here are our favorite ways to use the card’s bonus if you’re looking for some inspiration for your next redemption.
Budget airlines usually aren’t known for their comfort, but with some planning you can find a great — and reasonably priced — flight in Norwegian’s economy class. Singapore’s new premium economy product is one of the best options for international travel. The airline will continue launching it on new routes throughout the year. The best part: TPG Readers can now score special discounts on flights to Frankfurt and Asia.
In Other News…
Delta is Adding More Seats to Regional Jets
Delta is adding extra seats to some of its regional aircraft. The first planes to be updated will be the CRJ-700, which will get an extra four seats, adding up to nine first-class, 16 Comfort+ and 44 regular economy seats. Delta didn’t give any indication if this would impact legroom, but the rear wall of the cabin will be pushed back.
Enter for a Chance to Win One Million Wyndham Rewards Points
Wyndham Rewards is currently offering you the chance to win one million points. Enter the giveaway by successfully answering multiple choice questions about the hotel chain’s YouTube videos on Wyndham’s website.
United Outlines No-Frills Fare Plans
As the legacy carriers try to compete with budget airlines like Spirit and Frontier, they’ve begun stripping the perks and benefits that flyers have come to expect. At an Aviation and Transportation conference this week, United hinted that Premier Benefits won’t apply to “entry level fares.” What that means exactly remains unclear, but flyers looking for the lowest price might not have access to the same perks and benefits they once had.
Hilton and IBM are Building an Automated Concierge
Hilton and IBM have teamed up to develop an automated concierge named “Connie,” named after founder Conrad Hilton. The robot is already being used at the Hilton McLean Hotel in Virginia. Guests will be able to ask questions about the hotel and nearby tourism hotspots, among other things.
Save on Avios Redemptions from London
British Airways Executive Club members can save up to £100 extra on economy flight redemptions (£200 for first and business class) when you part pay with Avios. Note that this discount is only available on select routes.
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