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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:

Milford Sound, New Zealand. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.
Visit the beautiful Milford Sound on your next trip to New Zealand. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Your Guide to Making the Most of That $225 New Zealand Fare

Whether it’s your first trip to New Zealand or your fifth, the Land of the Long White Cloud has so much more to offer than the main drag tourist route. Here are some tips for planning your Kiwi adventure, plus some must-see places to visit — especially if you managed to snag that epic $225 fare this week.

It's now easier than ever to earn Gold Status at Starbucks.
It’s now easier than ever to earn Gold status at Starbucks.

Starbucks is Giving You Gold Status After a Single Purchase

Starbucks recently made the switch to a revenue-based system, changing the way you can earn rewards. On the bright side, you can earn Gold status for a year after making just one purchase by May 2.

Doesn't this pool at the Hilton Fiji Beach Resort and Spa look amazing right about now?
Doesn’t this pool at the Hilton Fiji Beach Resort and Spa look amazing right about now?

Hilton HHonors Matching Status Through March 2018

Hilton has extended its status match program, allowing guests to submit status match requests by June 30, 2016, to get Hilton HHonors status through March 31, 2018.

Use your Starpoints to score free flights.
Use your Starpoints to score free flights.

How Long Do Starwood Preferred Guest Points Take to Transfer?

The Starwood Preferred Guest program has a long list of airline partners. Here’s what happened when we ran some sample Starpoint transfers to see how long it really takes to switch them over.

Here's why you should consider the Chase Ink Cash Business Card.
Here’s why you should consider the Chase Ink Cash Business Card.

8 Reasons to Get the No-Fee Chase Ink Business Cash Card

The Chase Ink Business Cash Credit Card is often overlooked in favor of the Ink Plus Business Card and Chase’s no-fee Freedom and Freedom Unlimited products. However, this product has several features that could make it worthy of a place in your wallet.

In Other News…

Be prepared to pay extra for hotel stays in China starting May 1. Image courtesy of the W Beijing Chang’an.
Be prepared to pay extra for hotel stays in China starting May 1. Image courtesy of the W Beijing Chang’an.

China is Changing Its Hotel Taxes

Starting May 1, you’ll have to pay extra VAT taxes for hotel stays in China — in addition to the 15% in taxes and fees hotels are already charging. Another great reason to redeem points for free nights!

You could earn up to a 100% bonus when you purchase United miles.
You could earn a big bonus when you purchase United miles.

Earn Up To a 100% Bonus When You Purchase United Miles

United Airlines has unveiled a targeted offer to some of its MileagePlus members that awards a bonus when you purchase miles. Since the offer is unique to each person, you may earn less than the 100% bonus (or possibly none at all), but the offer can still present a good value to some travelers.

Qatar Airways operates the A350 on its second daily flight to JFK.
Qatar operates the A350 on its second daily flight to JFK.

Qatar Airways Begins A350 Service to JFK

Qatar Airways has commenced its A350 service, flying the new aircraft on its second daily flight to New York (JFK), augmenting the airline’s daily 777 service to Doha.

You can now earn TrueBlue points just for touring — or renting — a WeWork space.
You can now earn TrueBlue points just for touring — or renting — a WeWork space.

You Can Now Earn TrueBlue Points with WeWork

JetBlue and WeWork have teamed up to offer 500 TrueBlue points for touring a WeWork space. If you end up renting space in a WeWork building, you can earn up to 20,500 points after becoming a member for at least three months.

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