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The 15 Million Mile Man, All About Chase Private Client, Habits of Travel Pros and More

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:…

Watch This Landing and Takeoff In Honor of Cathay Pacific’s 747 Retirement

Cathay Pacific is the latest airline to retire its fleet of Boeing 747s. The Queen of the Skies will be flying its last flights for the Hong Kong-based carrier next week between HKG and Japan. On September 30, flight CX542 will fly from Hong Kong (HKG) to Tokyo (HND) and then the final flight, CX543,…

A Post-Merger Q&A with Marriott’s Thom Kozik and SPG’s David Flueck

While many SPG members were dreading a doomsday scenario once the Marriott-Starwood merger became finalized, that’s absolutely not the case. With today’s news that the two brand’s loyalty programs can now be linked for status-matching, points transfers and more, we finally have answers to many of the questions that have been on our minds —…

The Virgin America and Alaska Airlines Merger Could Close Soon

Update 9/26/16: Following a discussion with the Justice Department, Alaska has confirmed that it won’t merge with Virgin America prior to October 17, 2016. On the heels of the huge Marriott-Starwood news from earlier, it seems that the theme for today is mergers. In April, Alaska Airlines made news when it announced its deal to acquire Virgin…

Review: Inside My Jaw-Dropping Suite at the Andaz Tokyo Hotel

On my most recent trip to Japan, I stayed at several amazing properties — the St. Regis Osaka and the Grand Hyatt Tokyo, Roppongi, among others. One of my favorite properties was the Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills, and for good reason. After being upgraded to a Large Tower King room thanks to my Hyatt Diamond status,…

Hawaiian Airlines Sets Its Eyes on Flights to Europe, A380

Hawaiian Airlines CEO Mark Dunkerley spoke this week about the carrier’s plans for initiating flights to Europe. There’s just one problem: The airline doesn’t have any aircraft that can reach the continent. And, based on the current Airbus delivery schedule, it’s going to be a while before it does. Dunkerley is hoping that the Airbus A330-800neos on…

How to Get the Southwest Companion Pass for Just 90,000 Starpoints

See the answers to your most pressing SPG/Marriott Rewards questions in our post-merger Q&A with the heads of both programs. Very early this morning, Marriott closed its acquisition of Starwood — the combined chains now have a total of 5,700 hotels in 110+ countries around the world. Perhaps even more exciting than the number of…

Ink Cash Business Card Offering an Increased Sign-Up Bonus

The Ink Cash Business Card is a great pick for earning Ultimate Rewards points — especially if you can maximize the 5% back/5x categories. (To do so, you’ll also need to hold a UR points-earning card, but with the recently introduced Chase Sapphire Reserve Card, not to mention the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card and the Ink…

How to Link Your Marriott/SPG Accounts and Transfer Points

See the answers to your most pressing SPG/Marriott Rewards questions in our post-merger Q&A with the heads of both programs. In case you missed the news overnight, Marriott’s acquisition of Starwood has now closed. Much to our surprise (and great relief), at the same time, Marriott launched the option to link accounts and transfer points…