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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:
Icelandic low-cost carrier WOW Air has served the East Coast of the US through Boston (BOS) and Baltimore (BWI), but the carrier is expanding to the New York City area with flights from Newark (EWR) to Reykjavik (KEF) beginning at the end of November — starting from just $99 each way.
Stay up to date on on June’s most exciting new airline routes, both domestic and international.
Now is the perfect time to determine the best way to reach your elite status goals for the year. Discover some of the easiest methods for locking in elite status before 2016 comes to an end.
Ever wonder how Singapore Airlines maintains such high standards of service and attention to detail? Find out by taking a look inside the airline’s crew training center.
Costco members can shop at any Sam’s Club location in the US through July 4. All you need to present is your Costco membership card and you’ll be allowed to shop at no additional cost.
In Other News…
Earn More Starpoints with the Choice Rewards Promotion
Starwood Preferred Guest members can earn extra rewards when staying at properties in India, Bangladesh, Bhutan and the Maldives through June 30, 2016.
Chipotle Has a Loyalty Program for the Summer, But It’s Super Confusing
Fast-casual Mexican food chain Chipotle has launched a loyalty program for the summer months. However, the program is very confusing — it probably won’t do much to lure back old customers or attract new ones.
You Can Now Book Marriott Experiences, But They’re Very Expensive
Marriott has taken the concept of SPG Moments and integrated it into its own rewards program as Marriott Experiences — which you’re now able to book. However, many of the Experiences require a huge sum of points and thus may not have very wide appeal.
Etihad Lounge in Los Angeles Will Open in July
Etihad will open its new lounge at LAX by the end of July. The lounge will be available to first and business class passengers and will boast modern styling and excellent food.
Certain Airports Offer Same Day Walk-In Appointments for TSA PreCheck
If you want to enroll in TSA PreCheck but don’t want to wait for your appointment to do so, you may be in luck. Certain airports across the country will allow walk-in appointments for enrollment. Check to see if your local airport is on the list!
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