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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:
Following the horrible attack in Orlando last week, JetBlue helped make things just a little bit easier for the victims’ family members and domestic partners by offering free seats on available flights to and from MCO. The airline also had a fee waiver in place for customers who might have needed to make last-minute changes to their travel plans.
Chase Ultimate Rewards is among the most valuable and versatile point programs that exist — if you know what you’re doing. Here, we present the best strategies to help you get the greatest amount of value.
While Malaysia Airlines has had a lot of bad press due to two tragedies that took place back in 2014, one TPG contributor recently had an enjoyable experience on the carrier’s A380 from London (LHR) to Kuala Lumpur (KUL) — in economy.
As of this week, you can book American Airlines flights to several destinations in Cuba from Miami (MIA). As of right now, you can only book round-trip tickets originating in the US and you’re not yet able to fly straight into Havana.
With Costco’s dramatic switch from American Express to Visa just a few days away, be sure to use one of these Visa cards the next time you’re shopping at the retail giant.
In Other News…
Congress Approves $28 Million for TSA Improvements
This week, Congress approved $28 million in spending for the TSA to hire more screeners, move part-time employees to full-time status and open several new checkpoint lanes at airports across the nation. This news comes after American, Delta and United each invested millions of dollars to help the TSA better the screening process at airports this summer.
Southwest Airlines Employees Are Getting New Uniforms for the First Time in More Than 20 Years
For the first time since 1996, Southwest’s employees will sport new uniforms beginning next year. The airline’s flight attendants, baggage handlers, provisioning and cargo workers, customer service/operations agents and skycaps will all get the new outfits.
Etihad Extends 10% Discount for American Express Cardholders Until the End of the Year
Etihad will continue to offer a a 10% discount for customers paying with an American Express card through the end of 2016. The 10% discount applies to economy, business class and first class fares and is only valid for one-way or round-trip itineraries.
Check to See if You’ve Been Targeted for This 10,000 Bonus Point Offer from Hilton
We’ve heard that some Hilton HHonors American Express cardholders are being targeted for a 10,000 bonus point offer after adding an authorized user to their account — if you’re eligible for this offer, you’ll either be notified by email or find out when you log into your Amex account.
United MileagePlus Visa Cardholders Can Earn an Easy 500 Bonus Miles
Attention United MileagePlus Visa cardholders: you can easily earn 500 bonus miles just for enrolling in Visa Checkout and making a purchase of at least $5. It’s a limited-time offer, but seems like a pretty painless way to score some extra miles.
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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