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Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express, Platinum Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express
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:
Discover some lesser-known international routes that Delta flies. Many of these routes could be a great way to use the bonus miles you earned from the recent increased sign-up offers from Delta and American Express.
Find out what perks come with JP Morgan’s exclusive Palladium card — and whether or not it’s worth the steep $595 annual fee.
With the summer travel season in full swing, you’re going to need to find accommodations for your trip. If you plan on staying in hotels, check out the cards that give you bonus points, free nights or other perks for hotel stays.
For a limited time, both the Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express and the Platinum Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express are offering increased sign-up bonuses. But, the cards have some notable differences — find out which card works best for you.
TAP Portugal recently launched a new route from Lisbon (LIS) to Boston (BOS) with the airline’s brand new A330-200 aircraft, featuring the carrier’s also brand new lie-flat business class product. Read about TPG Editor-In-Chief Zach Honig’s impressions of this new option for transatlantic flights.
In Other News…
United Shares Plan to Bring in Billions of Additional Revenue
This week, United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz had a call in which he discussed the airline’s desire to bring in billions of dollars more in revenue and cut its costs — but full details on how the airline will achieve this goal are lacking.
Win Free Flights on Alaska from Uber
During Pride week in several cities, if you take a ride with UberPool or UberX, you’ll automatically be entered to win two round-trip tickets to any Alaska Airlines destination, including Mexico, Hawaii and Costa Rica. Each ride counts as a separate entry, so ride often!
IranAir to Buy Jets From Boeing
IranAir has signed a tentative agreement with Boeing to purchase some of its jets. The deal is subject to approval from both the Iranian and American governments and is said to include 737 and 777 aircraft.
Get a 35% Bonus When You Transfer Hotel Points to British Airways
If you transfer your hotel points to British Airways between now and July 5, 2016, you’ll receive a 35% bonus on the number of Avios you receive. This bonus works with most major hotel loyalty points including Hyatt, IHG, Marriott and Starwood.
New Airline Launches in Cyprus
A new airline, named Cobalt, will launch next month in the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, in no small part due to the influx of tourism to the island. Cobalt sees a market for flights connecting Cyprus to mainland Europe and the Middle East, as connections now are infrequent and very expensive. The airline hopes to have a fleet of 5 aircraft by the end of this summer, and is planning to double that number by 2017.
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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.
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- No foreign transaction fees
- 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
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