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Spending 100,000 Points, Exciting New Routes, a New Penn Station for NYC and More

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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:

See how TPG scored a first-class trip on Korean Air thanks to the Sapphire Reserve's sign-up bonus.
See how TPG scored a first-class trip on Korean Air thanks to the Sapphire Reserve’s sign-up bonus.

How I’m Using My 100,000 Points From the Chase Sapphire Reserve Card

Read about an amazing first-class trip booked using just one sign-up bonus from the Chase Sapphire Reserve card.

Check out some of the most interesting routes airlines added in September.

Exciting New Routes for September 2016 and Beyond

Check out the most exciting new routes that airlines announced this month, from the world’s shortest international flight to new destinations in China.

If you have upcoming stays with Starwood or Marriott, you’ll want to consider these 7 cards.

7 Cards You’ll Want to Have as a Starwood/Marriott Guest

Marriott’s acquisition of Starwood Hotels has led to a slew of new questions — and new opportunities. Learn about the best cards to have if you plan on staying at Marriott or Starwood properties.

Penn Station is going to get a major upgrade in the next few years.

New York’s Penn Station is About to Undergo a $1.6 Billion Renovation

Penn Station in New York City is quite frankly a horrible place to spend any amount of time. Luckily, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has unveiled plans for a new-and-much-improved station called the Pennsylvania Station-Farley Complex, scheduled to be completed by the end of 2020.

You can access a wealth of new redemption possibilities by being able to convert points between Marriott and SPG.

When It Makes Sense to Transfer Starpoints to Marriott

Now that you can link your Marriott and SPG accounts, take a look at when it’s beneficial for you to transfer your Starpoints into your Marriott account.

In Other News…

Enter Southwest’s Wanna Get Away contest for a chance to win a trip to a private resort.

Win An Island Getaway Thanks to Southwest

Follow the instructions to enter Southwest’s Wanna Get Away contest. The airline is giving away round-trip airfare and a 3-night stay for five winners (and their guests) at an all-inclusive resort on an island off the coast of Belize.

First class passengers on Qantas’ A380s will soon receive new amenity kits and pajamas.

Qantas Changes Up Its First Class Amenities

Australian carrier Qantas will soon introduce new amenity kits and pajamas to its first class passengers. The airline only offers a first class cabin on its fleet of A380s, so the changes will only affect a relatively small number of Qantas passengers.

You can trade in 30,000 Hilton HHonors points to enroll in TSA PreCheck for free.

You Can Use HHonors Points to Purchase TSA PreCheck

TSA PreCheck is a highly valuable service that is well worth its $85 enrollment fee (good for 5 years). There’s a new way to enroll for ‘free’ —Hilton will allow you to spend 30,000 HHonors points to waive the fee, but it’s far from a good deal.

You can get great discounts on hotel bookings when you book with Greyhound. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Score Great Discounts on Hotels with Greyhound

You can save on hotel bookings if you simply enroll in Greyhound’s Road Rewards program or book a trip with the bus operator. Note that you’ll have to search on Greyhound’s site to find these deals.

Austrian’s fleet will be getting significant upgrades over the next few years.

Austrian Will Add Premium Economy and Wi-Fi

By November 2016, Austrian will roll out Wi-Fi on its short-haul flights on Airbus aircraft, with the rest of the fleet getting connected by summer 2017. Even better, the airline will add a premium economy starting winter 2017.

Featured image courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong.

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