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May Monthly Valuations, Reviewing United’s Island Hopper, A JetBlue Status Challenge and 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:

One airline program got a major boost in value in this month’s valuations.

What Are Points & Miles Worth? May Monthly Valuations

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’s Island Hopper flight is a thoroughly unique experience.

Review: United’s Island Hopper from Honolulu (HNL) to Guam (GUM)

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.

You’ll get at least 350 AAdvantage miles just for sharing a milestone with American’s promotion.

Earn an Easy (and Free) 350+ AAdvantage Miles

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.

Keep your valuable belongings under the seat in front of you to reduce the chance of in-flight theft.

A Reminder to Never Put Your Valuables in the Overhead Bin

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.

Earn JetBlue Mosaic status faster through the airline’s status challenge.

Get Mosaic Status Through 2017 with JetBlue’s Latest Match/Challenge

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’s Mother’s Day promotional video shows passengers smiling when babies on board cry. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

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.

Etihad Airways launched a new app aimed at improving the passenger experience. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

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.

Become a SnapTraveler for WOW Air and travel for free this summer. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

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.

Earn 50% more bonus points and elite status credits on cross country travel on Virgin America.

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 has told its employees to be mindful of travelers booking ‘hidden city’ tickets. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

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.

Featured image courtesy of Shutterstock.

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