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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:

American’s partnership with American Express could save you a significant amount of money.

New Amex-American Airlines Partnership Could Save You a Ton on Your Next Booking

American Express and American Airlines have a preferred relationship that allows Amex cardholders with access to the issuer’s travel concierges to receive discounts on certain flights, and sometimes they an be quite significant.

You can get some pretty neat gifts for $10 or under.

TPG Holiday Gift Guide: 10 Stocking Stuffers Under $10

Check out Team TPG’s list of items that cost $10 or less that would make amazing stocking stuffers.

Sometimes a baggage delay can turn into something great.

How to Turn a Luggage Delay Into a Free Shopping Spree

Read about how one traveler turned his long baggage delay into a positive — and found his new favorite pair of jeans in the process!

Mobile Passport is convenient, but it’s still new and relatively limited.

Should I Use Global Entry or the Mobile Passport App?

There are several options to get expedited entry into the US after traveling abroad. Global Entry is more widespread but there’s a fee involved. Mobile Passport is free, but not as widely available. To cover all your bases, it’s probably best to enroll in both!

The right gear can make a trip much more enjoyable.

TPG Holiday Gift Guide: Road Warriors Edition

Check out Team TPG’s gift guide for the road warrior in your life. Any of these items are sure to make each trip easier and more enjoyable.

In Other News…

You can fly from Fort Lauderdale to Dubai on Emirates starting December 15.

Get Bonus Miles and Elite Status on Emirates With This Promotion

Emirates is offering 10,000 bonus miles for a round-trip flight booked in any (paid) class when you register here, book by January 15 and fly by March 31, 2017. Additionally, passengers booked in business or first class will get an upgrade to Gold status (Special, Saver and Cash+Miles fares are excluded).

Will the Alaska and Virgin America merger be complete by the end of next week?

Alaska and Virgin America Merger Could Close By the End of the Month

This week Bloomberg reported that Alaska Airlines is close to reaching a deal with the Justice Department that could pave the way for the completion of its merger with Virgin America by the end of November.

If you have Diners Club points, transfer them to BA with a 40% bonus.

Earn a 40% Bonus When You Transfer Diners Club Points to British Airways

No one’s been able to open a new Diners Club credit card since 2014, but if you have points in your account, you can transfer them to British Airways and earn a 40% bonus. Note that the deadline for this promotion is December 16, 2016 at 11:59pm ET.

The Citi Prestige’s annual fee will remain at $450.

Despite Erroneous Emails, Citi Hasn’t Made Further Changes to Prestige

Some Citi Prestige cardholders received emails from Citi saying that their annual fee had been reduced and that they would receive additional benefits. Unfortunately, these emails were sent in error, and terms remain the same on the card — for now.

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It might be worth checking out Marriott’s merchandise flash sales.

Marriott Offering Flash Sales on Merchandise Purchased with Points

Usually, redeeming points for merchandise is a terrible idea, but Marriott is offering flash sales next Tuesday (November 29) and the Tuesday after (December 6) with savings of up to 50% when you redeem points for merchandise. If you have a specific item on your list, it’s definitely worth checking to see if a redemption could make sense.

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