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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:
It’s hard to keep track of the dizzying array of new routes announced each month — check out our round-up of the most exciting ones announced for August 2016 and the near future.
Earlier this week, Hyatt shared the details of its fall promotion, which gives you the opportunity to earn up to 75,000 bonus after staying 25 nights between September 1 and November 30, 2016.
Starwood is currently offering 35% off award stays at select properties worldwide through February 28, 2017. Note that only a few of the highest-end hotels are included, so double check to make sure the property you’re looking at participates in this promotion.
Swiss business class provides a very comfortable trip across the Atlantic, despite a few issues. Read the full review of a recent trip between Zurich (ZRH) and Montreal (YUL) in the airline’s new Boeing 777-300ER.
People try to get some crazy things by the TSA in their carry-on luggage. Check out some of the most ridiculous (and frightening) items that TSA agents confiscated in the past month.
In Other News…
Save 25% On Award Tickets to Europe
Air France and KLM’s frequent flyer program, Flying Blue, has released its September promotion — the highlight of which is 25% off coach and business class award tickets from North America to Europe in November and December.
US Airlines Begin Regularly Scheduled Commercial Service Between the US and Cuba
JetBlue made history on Wednesday by becoming the first US airline to fly a regularly scheduled commercial flight between the US and Cuba in more than 50 years. JetBlue flight 387 departed from Fort Lauderdale (FLL) and landed in Santa Clara (SNU).
T-Mobile ONE Plus Offers 3G Data Speeds Abroad
T-Mobile is introducing a new plan that provides customers with 3G data speeds while traveling abroad. The new plan will cost $65 per month and includes features such as unlimited data tethering in the US.
British Airways and WestJet to Terminate Codeshare Agreement
Come October 16, British Airways and Calgary-based WestJet are ending the codeshare agreement that the airlines have had in place since 2012.
Doha Airport Adds New Tax For Passengers
Following in the footsteps of both Dubai (DXB) and Abu Dhabi (AUH), Doha’s Hamad International Airport (DOH) has added a passenger tax of about $10 applied to passengers both originating in and connecting through Doha. The new tax is already applied to tickets booked for travel on or after December 1, 2016.
Featured image courtesy of the Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi and Villas.
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