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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:

Marriott Rewards will benefit from the addition of three programs from SPG.

Marriott’s Integrating Some SPG Benefits Long Before the Merger

Marriott announced Tuesday that it would be making positive changes to the Marriott Rewards program. The program will add an Experiences Marketplace, Elite Concierge Service and Guaranteed Late Check-Out, which all closely resemble features of the Starwood Preferred Guest program.

United is offering huge sums of miles to former top-tier elites.

United’s Offering Hundreds of Thousands of Miles to Former Top Elites

In a targeted offer, United is awarding tons of miles to former top-tier elite fliers. Members will earn a pre-determined number of miles after reaching a ‘milestone’ based on Premier Qualifying Dollars spent.

The Chase Freedom Unlimited is now available for online applications.

When Should You Use the Chase Freedom Unlimited Card?

The Chase Freedom Unlimited Card is now available for online applications, making it much more accessible to the general public. Here’s a look at when it does and does not make sense to spend on this card.

Airbus has 777 orders from 41 customers for its new A350 aircraft.

Airbus A350 Update: Which Airlines Are Flying Which Routes

Currently there are very few Airbus A350s in commercial service, but that should change in the coming years, as Airbus has a healthy order list from numerous customers. Take a look at the latest information on which carriers will be operating this new aircraft, and on which routes.

Discover why it could be worthwhile to get the new Amtrak Guest Rewards World MasterCard.

6 Reasons to Get the New Amtrak Guest Rewards World MasterCard

Despite several changes over the last year, Amtrak’s Guest Rewards program offers some great value. Now that Bank of America is offering a co-branded Amtrak credit card, you may be wondering whether it’s a good option for you. Here’s a look at this card’s best features.

In Other News…

Aer Lingus has installed new business-class seats on its 757-200 aircraft. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Take a Google Street View Tour of Aer Lingus’ New 757 Business Cabin

Aer Lingus has been steadily improving over the past few years, and this improvement continues with the introduction of a new business-class seat for its internationally configured 757-200 aircraft. You can even take a tour of this new cabin on Google Street View.

Uber hopes to attract more deaf drivers with a new initiative.

Uber’s Working to Put More Deaf Drivers on the Road

In a move to combat chronic unemployment among hearing-impaired individuals, Uber is partnering with a prominent non-profit group for the deaf in hopes of hiring more deaf drivers. The rideshare company has taken steps recently to make its app more accessible for hearing-impaired drivers, and hopes to change the perception of deaf people in the US.

Exterior of the Radisson Blu Plaza.
Earn up to 50,000 bonus points with Club Carlson’s latest promotion.

Earn Up To 50,000 Bonus Points with Club Carlson

Register for this promotion through Club Carlson’s site and you could earn up to 50,000 bonus points on stays between April 18 and July 31, 2016.

Citi ThankYou Rewards can now be used to pay for vacations on Expedia.

Redeem Citi ThankYou Rewards Directly on Expedia

Citi ThankYou Rewards members can now use ThankYou points to book hotel stays through Expedia. Customers will have access to the full portfolio of 230,000+ hotels on Expedia, and can also combine ThankYou points with cash to pay for the stay.

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Gogo 2Ku Wi-Fi is now active on five AeroMexico aircraft.

Gogo’s 2Ku Wi-Fi is Now Flying in Mexico

This week AeroMexico was the first airline to activate Gogo’s 2Ku in-flight Wi-Fi service on five of its airplanes. For now, this enhanced in-flight experience will be free to customers, but that’s expected to change soon. It’s also worth noting that Delta will soon have the service active on some of its aircraft.

Featured image courtesy of Ritz-Carlton Singapore.

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