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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 flyers will soon have new options for co-branded credit cards. The airline has entered into new agreements with both Citi and BarclayCard US. This makes AA the only major US airline to have more than one bank issuing its co-branded credit cards.
At nearly 50 years old, Boeing’s 737 has received an update in the form of the 737 MAX. It made its debut at the Farnborough Air Show and features greater fuel efficiency due to new wing, winglet and engine designs. The new aircraft will launch with Southwest Airlines next year.
KLM and Heineken have found a way to serve draft beer at 36,000 feet, without compromising on taste. You’ll be able to order a draft Heineken starting next month on select KLM flights.
Read about one TPG contributor’s impressions from a flight from Zurich (ZRH) to Los Angeles (LAX) on board Swiss’ new Boeing 777-300ER that features an updated first-class product.
American travelers are used to reading about travel warnings for other countries — especially after terror attacks abroad. But, in the wake of several shootings in the US, the governments of the Bahamas, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates have issued travel warnings for their citizens traveling to the US.
In Other News…
Hyatt Offering Targeted Bonuses When You Purchase Points
Through July 31, you can earn a bonus when you purchase Hyatt points. Keep in mind this offer is targeted, so the exact bonus will vary from person to person.
Delta Is Counting How Many Passengers Are Traveling Between Atlanta and Doha on Qatar
In a frivolous — but entertaining — installment of the Delta and Qatar feud, Delta is apparently observing the boarding process of Qatar’s flight between Atlanta (ATL) and Doha (DOH) in order to count how many passengers are flying between the two cities — not just connecting in DOH to a further destination.
Priority Pass Lounge at Heathrow’s Terminal 5 Has Opened
Members of the Priority Pass or LoungeKey program have a new lounge option in T5 at London Heathrow (LHR). The lounge is located on the ground floor of the Sofitel Hotel.
JAL’s San Francisco to Tokyo Haneda Flight Gets A Better Schedule
Japan Airlines’ flight between San Francisco (SFO) and Tokyo Haneda (HND) is very convenient — save for the dismal timing. Due to Haneda Airport’s easing of slot restrictions for daytime long-haul flights, the flight will operate on a much more appealing schedule, starting October 30, 2016.
Earn 2x Rapid Rewards Points at Restaurants For a Limited Time
If you’re a Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Card holder, check to see if you’ve been targeted to earn 2 Rapid Rewards points per dollar spent on purchases up to $2,500 at restaurants between July 15 and September 30, 2016.
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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