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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:
SPG’s Starpoints can be redeemed in a great variety of ways at an excellent value. Learn about strategies to help you redeem these versatile points for the best value.
Read TPG Editor-in-Chief Zach Honig’s impressions of a recent flight between Newark (EWR) and Oslo (OSL) in SAS’ fantastic new business class cabin on board the airline’s Airbus A330.
In case you haven’t heard, we’ve relaunched TPGtv! In the first episode, see how you can book yourself a ticket on Singapore Suites using KrisFlyer miles and just a few dollars in just 90 seconds.
Looking for a romantic getaway to Europe? Check out this promotion from British Airways — you and a companion can fly in BA’s Club World business class from New York to London or Paris and stay in a hotel for two nights starting at just $1,999 per person.
Take a look inside Etihad’s new, very exclusive First and Business Class Lounge that opened this week in the Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX. Gourmet food and cocktails coupled with attentive service make for a fantastic lounge experience — if you can get access.
Register for SPG’s latest promotion that will let you earn double Starpoints at select Tribute Portfolio properties. You have to register by October 16 at 11:59pm ET and your stays must be for at least one or more consecutive nights between August 1 and October 31, 2016.
In Other News…
Earn 1,000 Bonus Elevate Points with Visa Checkout
If you book a flight on Virgin America using Visa Checkout, you’ll earn an easy 1,000 bonus Elevate points. Note that you must fly by September 30 in order to receive the bonus points.
Malaysia Airlines Retires 747s — Again
Malaysia Airlines brought back one of its 747-400s a few months ago to operate select flights between Kuala Lumpur (KUL) and London (LHR) over the summer. However, that plane never ended up flying that route — or any route for that matter, and Malaysia Airlines has decided to retire the plane again.
Thai Airways Hopes to Launch Nonstop Flights to the US Next Year
Thai Airways hasn’t served the US for several years, but the airline has indicated that it would like to resume nonstop flights between the US and Bangkok as early as next year. It faces an uphill battle, however, as it currently isn’t allowed to fly to the US due to safety concerns with the country of Thailand (not the airline specifically).
Featured image courtesy of the W Barcelona.
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