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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:

American introduced major changes to its AAdvantage program this week.
American introduced major changes to its AAdvantage program this week.

American Introduces AAdvantage Changes: Revenue Earning, Platinum Pro Status & More

American Airlines detailed the highlights — or lowlights — of its new AAdvantage program, including a new revenue-based redeemable mile earning scheme, a new elite status level called Platinum Pro, a new spending requirement for elite status qualification and changes to its current complimentary upgrade process. Revenue-based mileage earning kicks in on August 1, 2016 while the rest of the changes will be implemented on January 1, 2017.

Read about the best credit cards to use if you're flying this summer.
Read all about the best credit cards to use if you’re flying this summer.

The Best Cards for Summer Travel: If You’re Flying

Summer is here, which means it’s also the most popular — and likely the most expensive — time to travel. Find out which credit cards are best for minimizing out-of-pocket expenses on your next summer vacation.

Singapore Airlines' business class is a great place to spend 21 hours.
Singapore Airlines’ business class is a great place to spend 21 hours.

Review: Singapore Airlines A380 Business Class — Singapore to New York via Frankfurt

Read all about the Singapore Airlines business-class experience with this review of an epic 21-hour journey from Singapore to New York, including a stop in Frankfurt.

This week marked the 6 year anniversary of The Points Guy.
This week marked the six year anniversary of The Points Guy.

Today Marks Six Years of The Points Guy

This week, TPG turned six years old! See how far we’ve come and stay tuned for the winners of our #6YearsOfTPG giveaway.

Read about earning elite and award miles on the three legacy domestic carriers.
Here’s how to earn elite and award miles on the three domestic legacy carriers.

Earning Elite and Award Miles with American, Delta and United

With American’s major changes to the AAdvantage program on the way, all three major domestic legacy carriers will have revenue-based earning programs by the end of the year. Here’s how you can earn elite and award miles on AA, Delta and United.

In Other News…

Check to see if you've been targeted to earn a bonus 1,500 Amex points after grocery shopping.
See if you’ve been targeted to earn 1,500 bonus Membership Rewards points after grocery shopping. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Earn 1,500 Bonus Amex Membership Rewards Points after Grocery Shopping

American Express is targeting certain customers for a special bonus offer where you can earn 1,500 Amex Membership Rewards points after spending $100 at a US grocery store. Be sure to check your Amex account online to see if you’re eligible to register for this promotion.

In a recent interview, Marriott's CEO said he expects the Starwood deal to close soon.
In a recent interview, Marriott’s CEO said he expects the Starwood deal to close pretty soon.

Marriott CEO Expects Starwood Merger to Close “Within the Next Month or So”

In a recent interview with Skift, Marriott’s CEO Arne Sorenson indicated that he believes the merger with Starwood will close within a month. He also reiterated that while the two brands will maintain separate loyalty programs until 2018, it is possible that there will be changes made before they are fully integrated.

Sun Country Airlines shared the details of its enhanced loyalty program this week.
Sun Country Airlines shared the details of its enhanced loyalty program earlier this week.

Sun Country Airlines Makes Improvements to its UFly Rewards Program

This week Minneapolis-based low-cost carrier Sun Country Airlines shared the details regarding improvements to its loyalty program, UFly Rewards. Beginning July 1, UFly members will earn 10 points per dollar on all Sun Country purchases. Additionally, customers can now use a points + dollars option to pay for flights and other travel expenses.

Receive up to 10,500 bonus miles from Airberlin for referring friends to its loyalty program.
You can receive up to 10,500 bonus miles from Air Berlin for referring friends to its loyalty program.

Earn Up to 10,500 Bonus Miles for Referring Your Friends to Air Berlin’s Loyalty Program

Air Berlin is awarding bonus miles to those who refer friends to the airline’s loyalty program, topbonus. You’ll receive 500 miles for your first referral, then 1,000 miles for each one after that (up to 10 referrals). You’ll also receive a bonus 1,000 miles after signing up for topbonus yourself.

Take note of Oneworld's changes to separate tickets before booking your next trip.
Take note of Oneworld’s changes to separate tickets before booking your next trip.

Oneworld Alliance Eliminates Separate Tickets Protections

The Oneworld Alliance has made changes to the way it’s handling separate tickets booked on alliance carriers, mainly that airlines are no longer obligated to check your bags to your final destination or rebook you in case of a delay or cancellation if you have booked separate tickets on Oneworld flights. You’ll still receive these benefits, however, if you’re booked on one ticket that contains segments on different carriers.

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