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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:

Starting January 2017, you can earn EQDs with AA’s co-branded cards from Barclaycard.

Earn American Airlines Elite-Qualifying Dollars With Credit Card Spend

American Airlines shared an opportunity to earn some valuable elite-qualifying dollars with credit card spend, but it isn’t the blanket waiver offered by Delta and United. Still, it’s better than nothing, as you’ll see in this post.

Learn how to maximize your Chase Ultimate Rewards on amazing domestic travel.

Maximizing Chase Ultimate Rewards Points for Domestic Travel

By now, many of you have gotten your incredible 100,000 point sign-up bonus from the Chase Sapphire Reserve. Learn about some of the best ways to redeem your hard-earned points for travel within the continental US.

Learn how to save big on upcoming travels for the holiday season.

6 Tips for Saving a Ton on Your 2016 Holiday Travel

You may think that there’s no hope in finding great deals on travel throughout this holiday season, but you’d be glad to know that you’re wrong! Here are some of the best tips for saving a bunch on travel during this busy season.

Refer a business to American Express business cards, and you could receive a good amount of bonus points.

Earn Bonus Points With the Amex ‘Refer a Business’ Program

American Express has launched a program for its business cardholders that allows them to earn bonus points for referring someone else to open the card using a special link provided by Amex. Learn about all the details of the offer in this post.

Purchase AAdvantage miles for as little as 1.91 cents each with the airline’s latest promo.

Up to a 100k Bonus When You Purchase AAdvantage Miles

American Airlines has a new buy-miles promotion in which you can receive a 100,000 AAdvantage mile bonus when you purchase or gift miles through November 28.

In Other News…

Get Double Amex Points With Lyft For a Limited Time

Check your Amex Offers to see if you’re eligible to receive 2x Membership Rewards points when you ride with Lyft between now and December 31, 2016.

Qatar Airways passengers can now take advantage of a free stopover when traveling through Doha. Image courtesy of Getty Images.

Qatar Passengers Can Have A Free Stopover in Doha

Qatar Airways, in conjunction with the Qatari government, now offers its passengers free transit visas for those connecting through the airline’s hub in Doha. The visas provide passengers in transit with 96 hours to spend in the country before continuing onward.

United’s set to axe its flight between EWR and BFS come January 9, 2017.

United To Discontinue Service Between Newark And Belfast

United will fly its last flight between Newark (EWR) and Belfast (BFS) in Northern Ireland on January 9, 2017. The airline’s decision to and service comes after the EU blocked a €9 million deal to continue the route. United’s flight is currently the only link between the US and Northern Ireland.

Check Out This Special Alaska and Virgin America Hybrid Jet

There’s a very unique plane occupying a hangar at Sea-Tac International Airport (SEA) waiting to be unveiled after the merger between Alaska Airlines and Virgin America is (finally) complete.

ANA will operate a Dreamliner on its flights between NRT and MEX.
ANA will operate a Dreamliner on its flights between NRT and MEX.

ANA To Launch Flights Between Tokyo and Mexico City

All Nippon Airways will launch daily flights between Tokyo’s Narita Airport (NRT) and Mexico City (MEX) beginning February 15, 2017. The flight will be operated by the carrier’s Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner.

Featured image courtesy of the Park Hyatt New York.

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