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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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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