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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:
Learn all about points and miles valuations for May 2016, which were released this week. Read on to find out which program got a big boost in value, thanks to reduced fuel surcharges.
United Airlines flight 154, also known as the Island Hopper, is one of the world’s most uninque flights, and a dream route for aviation enthusiasts. Read about one TPG contributor’s epic journey from Honolulu to Guam by way of Marshall Islands, Kwajalein Atoll, Pohnpei Island and more.
The AAdvantage program is turning 35 years old this year. To celebrate, American is giving away 350,000 AAdvantage miles to 35 grand prize winners. While the odds of winning the grand prize aren’t great, you can earn a free 350 miles just by sharing a milestone with the airline. You’ll get another 350 free miles if you share your milestone on social media, too.
In-flight theft has always been a worry for travelers, and it is all too easy for thieves to take possessions from bags stowed in the overhead compartment. This week, one man’s misfortune served as a reminder for everyone to stow valuable possessions beneath the seat in front of you so you’re able to keep your eye on them at all times.
JetBlue is offering a chance to match or challenge to earn Mosaic status through May 31, 2016. You’ll have 90 days after registering to earn 3,750 base flight points. If you’re able to reach the goal, your Mosaic status will be valid through December 31, 2017.
In Other News…
JetBlue Makes Crying Babies a Crowd Favorite
JetBlue released a promotional video this week that acknowledges the struggle mothers go through when flying with babies. Watch the video to see why passengers on board this special flight were all smiles when babies around them broke into tears.
Save 10% and Earn Bonus Miles When You Book Through Etihad’s New App
Etihad Airways has launched an iPhone app that is aimed at making flying with Etihad more rewarding. Members of the Etihad Guest program will save 10% on flights and will receive 250 bonus miles for bookings made on the app before May 30, 2016.
Travel For Free This Summer with WOW Air’s SnapTraveler Contest
Want to travel for free this summer? Low-cost Icelandic airline WOW Air has launched a contest in which four winners will be chosen to take four trips each to any one of WOW’s 28 destinations. The winners will share their trips with WOW’s fans on social media through the airline’s Snapchat account.
Get Up to 50% Bonus Points on Some Virgin America Routes
Virgin America has announced that it will be awarding 50% more bonus points and status credits on flights between New York (JFK), Newark (EWR), Boston (BOS) and Washington, D.C. (DCA & IAD) and Los Angeles (LAX) or San Francisco (SFO).
United Tells Employees to Report Hidden City Itineraries
United Airlines wants people to know that it very much discourages fliers to book “hidden city” tickets, as they are against the airline’s contract of carriage. If you are caught trying to fly on one of these itineraries, United has the right to remove miles from your MileagePlus account, revoke your frequent flier status or remove you from the program altogether.
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