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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:
Find out which travel rewards cards offer the the best sign-up offers for the month of August.
Soon, United will be making some major changes to its frequent flyer program. Read about all the changes and see how they’ll affect you going forward.
Just because you’ve booked a business-class ticket doesn’t mean you should assume that you’re going to be sitting in the latest, most comfortable seat. Read our tips on how to avoid booking a disappointing product.
Attention American Express cardholders: check to see if you’ve been targeted for a special offer with Delta. You can earn $200 back after making $1,000 in purchases made directly through Delta. You don’t have to spend all $1,000 at once — Amex will combine all your spending from the date you enrolled until the end of the promotion on September 20.
Spirit Airlines is running a promotion that will reward flyers with more bonus miles if they book tickets with a lower base fare. Remember that Spirit’s frequent flyer miles expire after just three months of inactivity.
Want to relax in the comfort of an airport lounge before your next flight? Take advantage of this promotion from LoungeBuddy and Visa. All you have to do is select a lounge that you’d like to visit and pay the entrance fee with a Visa card. You’ll automatically receive a $40 discount off the fee, which is usually enough to make access free.
In Other News…
Book Business Class Award Tickets from Vancouver to Europe at a 50% Discount
Every month, the FlyingBlue program issues new Promo Awards that can be used on Air France and KLM flights. This month, one especially noteworthy award is scoring round-trip business class tickets from Vancouver to Europe for just 62,500 FlyingBlue miles.
Visit the Chase Lounge at This Year’s US Open
If you’re a Chase cardholder, reserve a spot at Chase’s lounge at this year’s US Open. Access is free and open to all Chase cardholders for up to four sessions.
Uber China Bought by Local Rival Didi Chuxing
Uber had a very tough time in the Chinese market — and now it’s been acquired by local rideshare giant Didi Chuxing. Didi will still operate Uber China as a separate brand and Uber will become the largest single shareholder in the Chinese company.
Earn 5,000 Bonus Points from Hilton and American Express
Hilton is offering 5,000 bonus points to guests who complete two stays paid with either the Hilton HHonors Card from American Express or the Hilton HHonors Surpass Card from American Express. You’ll have to register and complete both stays between August 1 and October 31 in order to receive your bonus points.
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