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Exciting New Airline Routes, 10 Perks of United Global Services, Best Cards for Marriott Guests & More

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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:

Southwest just launched a bunch of new domestic routes, as well as a new flight to Liberia, Costa Rica.
Southwest just launched a bunch of new domestic routes, as well as a new flight to Liberia, Costa Rica.

Exciting New Airline Routes for April 2016 and Beyond

From new service between Boston and Copenhagen on SAS to additional domestic flights on Southwest, Spirit and Frontier, these are the latest routes that airlines began operating — or announced — in April.

With United Global Services status, you can expect excellent, above-and-beyond levels of customer service.
With United Global Services status, you can expect excellent, above-and-beyond levels of customer service.

Top 10 Perks of United Global Services

If you’re not a member of the club, you don’t have access to the full list of benefits. But today’s your lucky day: Thanks to some insiders, we’re sharing 10 of the best perks of United Global Services status.

Redeem your Marriott Rewards points for a stay at the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong.
Redeem your Marriott Rewards points for a stay at the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong.

The Best Credit Cards for Marriott Guests

With more than 4,000 properties in about 80 countries, Marriott is easily among the largest hotel chains in the world. Here’s how fans of the Marriott brand can select the best possible credit cards to maximize their rewards.

American still operates this ancient 2-5-2 cabin on many of its international routes, but you can do so much better than that.
American still operates this ancient 2-5-2 cabin on many of its international routes, but you can do so much better than that.

Booking Coach and Getting Biz for Free on 3-Cabin AA Flights

TPG recently scored a free upgrade to business class on an American Airlines 777-200. We show you how to take advantage of AA’s repositioning flights for your own instant bump up to biz.

Enjoy a stay at the Crowne Plaza San Salvador thanks to IHG PointBreaks.
Enjoy a stay at the Crowne Plaza San Salvador thanks to IHG PointBreaks.

IHG Releases PointBreaks List Through July 31

IHG recently released its latest list of PointBreaks properties, available for 5,000 IHG Rewards points per night through July 31. If you’re interested in any of these properties, be sure to book ASAP!

In Other News…

Meet JetBlue's "Bluesmobile," the first plane built entirely in the US. Image courtesy of Airbus.
Meet JetBlue’s “Bluesmobile,” the first plane built entirely in the US. Image courtesy of Airbus.

Airbus Delivers the First A321 Assembled Entirely in the US

Airbus just made history by delivering a JetBlue Airbus A321 that was assembled entirely in the US. The carrier is calling it the “Bluesmobile” in honor of the airplane being built at the Airbus factory in Mobile, Alabama.

A new startup called SleepBus lets you catch a few winks between San Francisco and LA while they do the driving.
A new startup called SleepBus lets you catch a few winks between San Francisco and LA while they do all the driving.

SleepBus Offers A Full Night’s Sleep Between San Francisco and LA

Call it a hostel on wheels. SleepBus, a new startup that wants you to get some rest along the long road between San Francisco and Los Angeles, actually has twin-sized beds inside its massive vehicle so you can lie down and stretch out as they drive. Tickets are $48 for the one-way trip to LA — you’ll leave San Francisco at 11:00pm, arrive in Santa Monica by 6:00am and are welcome to sleep in until 7:30 am.

Alaska Airlines’ Award Charts are Getting a Redesign

Perhaps in an effort to make Alaska Airlines fans feel better following this month’s massive Emirates devaluation, the carrier recently redesigned its Mileage Plan award charts, making it easier than ever to look up redemption rates for Alaska as well as its partners.

Use your gift cards toward a stay at the beautiful Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Québec City. Image courtesy of Fairmont.
Use your gift cards toward a stay at the beautiful Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Québec City. Image courtesy of Fairmont.

Score a 20% Discount When You Buy Fairmont Gift Cards

Mark your calendars: Fairmont is going to offer a limited-time 20% bonus when you buy gift cards through the brand’s website on Wednesday, May 4, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. Don’t miss this opportunity to buy up to $5,000 worth of e-gift cards, meaning you’ll be able to snag up to a $1,000 bonus! Gift cards won’t expire and can be used toward dining and spa treatments in addition to stays at participating Fairmont properties around the world.

You can now use Visa Checkout to pay for a stay at Wyndham properties like the Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive, pictured here.
You can now use Visa Checkout to pay for a stay at Wyndham properties like the Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive.

Earn 5,000 Wyndham Rewards Bonus Points Just for Using Visa Checkout

If you’re thinking of visiting a Wyndham property anytime soon, you can earn an extra 5,000 Wyndham Rewards points just by using Visa Checkout to book your stay through the Wyndham Rewards mobile app. To be eligible for the bonus, make sure you sign in as a Wyndham Rewards member through the app, book by July 31 and complete your stay by August 1.

Featured image of Copenhagen, where you can now fly from Boston on SAS, courtesy of Shutterstock.

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