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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 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.
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.
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, TPG turned six years old! See how far we’ve come and stay tuned for the winners of our #6YearsOfTPG giveaway.
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…
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.
- Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
- Named Best Credit Card for Flexible Travel Redemption - Kiplinger's Personal Finance, July 2016
- 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
- Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening
- No foreign transaction fees
- 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
- Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
- No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards