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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:
If you like flying on American Airlines and are looking for a way to boost your AAdvantage account balance, check out this increased sign-up offer from the Citi AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard. You can earn 60,000 miles after spending $5,000 within the first three months of account opening.
Learn all about what your points and miles are worth in TPG’s valuations for June 2016. Several programs announced significant positive changes, which shook up some things, but didn’t mean much in terms of this month’s results.
Cathay Pacific just took delivery of its first A350 this week, and while it’ll only be flying in Asia for now, the airline has released a slew of photos for us to feast on. Check out the economy and premium economy cabins in one of the world’s most exciting new aircraft.
Knowing all the details of a carrier’s frequent flyer program rules can be extremely beneficial to you as a traveler. Here’s how to take advantage of stopovers and open jaws on award tickets so you can visit additional destinations at no extra cost.
This week we saw not one, but two increased sign-up bonuses from the United MileagePlus Explorer Card. There’s a public offer which awards you 50,000 bonus miles after spending $3,000 in the first three months after account opening, as well as a targeted 70,000-mile offer (the same spending requirement applies). Here’s what you need to know about both offers.
In Other News…
Starwood Clarifies Rules for Transferring Points
Starwood outlined two new restrictions for transferring Starpoints this week, the first being that you can only transfer Starpoints in increments of 1,000 points — a fairly minor change, but it could still be inconvenient for anyone with a smaller number of points left over after a redemption. SPG also clarified something a bit more consequential — you can’t transfer Starpoints to another account as a way of getting around the maximum of 30,000 Starpoints points that you can purchase per year.
KLM Will Phase Out Its Fleet of 747s
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will join the ranks of carriers retiring their Boeing 747s, a move that will surely disappoint aviation enthusiasts. No specific details as to the timeline of the retirement have been released yet, so we’ll probably be seeing these aircraft in the skies for at least a little while longer.
Etihad’s New First Class Lounge Opens in Abu Dhabi
This week, Etihad Airways shared details and photos of its new First Class Lounge in Abu Dhabi, sure to be one of the most opulent in the world, boasting a cigar lounge, fitness room, Six Senses Spa and many other luxurious amenities.
Save up to 40% with Silvercar’s Latest Promo
Silvercar recently released a new promotion offering 30% off for existing users and 40% off for new users when you book your next rental by June 15.
Save on Business-Class Awards to Europe with FlyingBlue
Air France and KLM’s FlyingBlue program is offering 25% off business-class award flights from Boston (BOS) and Montreal (YUL) to Europe.
Transatlantic Flights on Virgin Atlantic Will No Longer Earn KrisFlyer Elite Miles
Singapore Airlines notified customers this week of a change in elite-qualifying earning on Virgin Atlantic flights. You’ll no longer be able to earn KrisFlyer Elite Miles for flights between Europe and the Americas operated by Virgin Atlantic, however you can still earn KrisFlyer Elite Miles on all other flights in the Virgin Atlantic network.
With great travel benefits, 2x points on travel & dining and a 50,000 point sign up bonus, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great card for those looking to get into the points and miles game. Here are the top 5 reasons it should be in your wallet, or read our definitive review for more details.
- 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®
- Chase Sapphire Preferred named "Best Credit Card for Flexible Travel Redemption" - Kiplinger's Personal Finance, June 2018
- 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
- 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