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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:

Find out which cards made the top ten best for May.

Top 10 Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for May 2016

Stay up to date with the latest and greatest credit card offers for May 2016. There are some familiar names on the list, as well as some exciting newcomers. If you’re in the market for a great sign-up bonus, this is the post for you.

United sent targeted status upgrades and Economy Plus subscriptions to many MileagePlus members.

United’s Upgrading Status and Handing Out Economy Plus Subscriptions (Targeted)

United Airlines is attempting to gain some more loyal flyers. This week, the airline targeted customers with upgraded elite status and complimentary Economy Plus subscriptions through January 2017.

Learn how to get the most value out of your new American Express Platinum card.

10 Things to Do When You Get Amex Platinum

This week many people were surprised and very excited to see a 100,000-point offer for The Platinum Card from American Express after spending $3,000 in the first three months after account opening. If you were one of the lucky ones who snagged the promotion before it was pulled, check out this comprehensive list of ways to maximize the incredible value that this card offers.

Earn up to 50,000 bonus miles with American’s latest promotion.

Earn Up To 50,000 Bonus AAdvantage Miles on Travel to Europe

With American Airlines’ latest promotion, you can earn up to 50,000 bonus AAdvantage miles for travel to Europe on American Airlines, British Airways, Finnair or Iberia. The number of bonus miles you’ll receive depends on which fare class you book into as well as how many times you travel round-trip.

Follow the advice of one experienced long-haul traveler to arrive rested and relaxed at your destination.

Insider Series: Carrie’s 5 Tips for Surviving Long-Haul Flights

Long-haul travel can be a very exciting experience but it can also take a toll on your body. Read the advice of an experienced long-haul traveler on how to arrive at your destination refreshed and ready to go.

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Get $30 Off Your First HotelTonight Booking

HotelTonight is offering new customers a $30 discount when you spend $175 or more on a stay booked between now and June 30, 2016. Enter promo code TPGSPRING to get $30 off your first booking.

Security lines are going to be even longer than usual this summer.

TSA Lines are Going To Be Nuts This Summer — Will Free Checked Bags Help?

Senators Edward Markey (D-MA) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) have reached out to airline executives asking them to eliminate checked bag fees in hopes of reducing the lines at security checkpoints at airports around the nation.

Earn more miles with American’s Business Extra promotion.

You Can Also Earn Bonus Business Extra Points For Transatlantic Flights

In addition to American’s recent 50,000 bonus miles promotion, the airline is running a promotion for members of its Business Extra program. This program is designed to award businesses that have an impact on travel but don’t necessarily fly. This Business Extra promotion is a great way to earn even more miles on American this summer. 

Save up to 20% on Marriott hotels with its latest promotion.

Get 20% Off Some Marriott Hotels When You Book This Month

Looking for a getaway this spring? Marriott is currently running a promotion that gives up to 20% off vacations through June 30, 2016. Book online using the promotional code D3Q and enjoy a vacation for less.

Don’t expect to be served foie gras on flights this summer.

You Might Not See In-Flight Foie Gras For a While

If you’re a fan of foie gras, you might have to settle for another dish on your next flight because France has stopped producing the delicacy until August due to a particularly bad strain of bird flu.

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American’s AAdvantage head is leaving the company.

The Head of AAdvantage Is Moving On

Suzanne Rubin is leaving American Airlines. As president of AAdvantage, she led the program through a seamless integration with US Airways Dividend Miles and oversaw the largest frequent flyer program in the world. We wish her all the best!

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