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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 how to get the coveted Southwest Companion Pass quicker thanks to a 50k sign-up bonus.

How to Get the Southwest Companion Pass Starting with a 50k Sign-Up Bonus

Thanks to the return of the 50,000 bonus points sign-up bonus from the Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card, it just got easier to earn the coveted Companion Pass from Southwest. Read about the various ways through which you can more easily reach the 110,000 points needed to get the Pass through the end of 2017.   

American Airlines is hiring workers to help the TSA with the screening process.

American Airlines Calls in Reinforcements to Help the TSA

Travelers everywhere have noticed increasingly long wait times at TSA checkpoints across the country. At Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, the lines have gotten so dreadfully long that American Airlines has decided to hire workers to help the TSA perform tasks in hopes of speeding up the process. However, the combination of more people flying and fewer TSA employees does not bode well for the summer travel season.

Discover the best ways to save money when using cash to book flights.

11 Ways To Save Money When Booking Flights with Cash

Even the most savvy points and miles enthusiasts choose to purchase flights every once and a while. Find out the best ways to minimize the cash coming out of your pocket when you book these tickets.

Concierge Key is more about “soft benefits” than specific perks, but it can make your travel more pleasant.

The Top 7 Perks of American Airlines Concierge Key

Each major airline has several tiers of elite status that in theory anyone can earn. However, some carriers also offer a level of status that’s available only by invitation. For American Airlines, that mysterious status level above Executive Platinum is called Concierge Key. Read to find out the top perks of this status for American’s highest spending customers. 

Find out the best ways to earn and then redeem 100,000 Delta SkyMiles for maximum value.

How to Earn and Maximize 100,000 Delta Miles

Despite seemingly constant devaluations and hidden changes to award rates, there are still great ways to redeem miles on Delta. Explore the top ways to earn and then redeem 100,000 SkyMiles.

In Other News…

Check to see if you’re eligible to participate in Hilton’s 50k bonus point promotion.

Hilton’s Offering Targeted Members Up to 50,000 Bonus Points

In a new targeted promotion, Hilton is offering some members up to 50,000 bonus points after staying 4 nights within a 90 day period. Check to see if you’re eligible with this link, and make sure to register before July 10, 2016.

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Earn a 30% bonus when you buy Hyatt points by June 15.

Hyatt is Offering a 30% Bonus When You Purchase Points

You can earn a 30% bonus when you purchase a minimum of 5,000 Hyatt points by June 15, 2016 in the hotel chain’s latest promotion. With the 30% bonus, you’ll be paying 1.7 cents for each point.

AA’s President hinted at the introduction of premium economy on domestic flights next year.

Premium Economy Could Come to Domestic AA Flights Next Year

This week at the Bank of America Transportation Conference, American Airlines President Scott Kirby talked about the upcoming arrival of Basic Economy fares. He also mentioned the arrival of premium economy on domestic flights sometime in 2017. We don’t know exactly what to expect, but there will likely be more news to come in the coming months.

Earn bonus points with IHG’s summer Accelerate promotion.

IHG’s Highly Targeted Summer Points Promo

IHG has released details on its most recent Accelerate offer. The offer is targeted, meaning it will be different for each customer, and not every member will be eligible. If you’re eligible, you’ll have to complete your stays between June 1 and August 31, 2016 in order to receive your bonus points.

Virgin Australia’s 777-300ERs will soon be equipped with extra legroom economy seats.

Virgin Australia Will Soon Offer Economy Seats with Extra Legroom

Virgin Australia has announced that it will be installing economy seats with extra legroom, called Economy Space+. The new seats will be available on the airline’s 777-300ER aircraft on flights departing on August 30, 2016 or later.

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Buy JetBlue TrueBlue points and get a 40% bonus in the airline’s latest promotion.

Earn a 40% Bonus When Buying JetBlue TrueBlue Points

In JetBlue’s latest summer promotion, you’ll earn up to a 40% bonus when you buy TrueBlue points. You’ll get a bigger discount as you purchase more points, with the maximum being 30,000 points (with a 12,000-point bonus).

You’ll now get to enjoy the IFE on your next AA flight without interruption from connecting gate announcements.

AA’s Retiring Those Annoying In-Flight Connecting Gate Announcements

American Airlines announced this week that it had stopped announcing connecting gate information prior to landing. The announcements would often interrupt the in-flight entertainment, to the annoyance of many passengers. American said that there was no longer a need for the announcements, as most customers now have smartphone apps that contain that information and more.   

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