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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 find yourself feeling a little glum at the state of the Union after this year’s election, you’re definitely going to want to read this list of the 6 easiest places worldwide that Americans can relocate to.
It’s not every day you get to fly on a delivery flight, let alone have almost the entire aircraft to yourself. Read about the 12 hours onboard the delivery flight of Singapore’s A350 (also Airbus’ 10,000th aircraft delivered) between Toulouse, France (TLS) and Singapore (SIN).
By now you’re well aware of the Chase Sapphire Reserve’s many and lucrative benefits for cardholders. But one perk has flown under the radar — learn how to get the best possible deal when booking through Chase’s travel portal using Ultimate Rewards points.
Chase is at it again — this week the issuer announced the new Ink Business Preferred card, which will offer a sign-up bonus of 80,000 Ultimate Rewards points after spending $5,000 within the first three months of account opening. You’ll also earn 3x points on the first $150,000 spent in several categories combined.
One family certainly had a … memorable… experience when they showed up for a flight at Albany International Airport (ALB) recently to find that the TSA had already gone home for the evening.
In Other News…
Swiss to Make Improvements to Its Long-Haul Airbus Fleet
Swiss shared its plans to update its Airbus A330 and A340 aircraft over the next two years. The A330s will soon all be equipped with Wi-Fi, while the A340 will receive a refresh to its first class cabin, as well as being equipped with Wi-Fi connectivity.
Temporary Changes in Store for American Airlines Ops at LAX
If you’re flying AA from or through Los Angeles (LAX) between October 29 and November 2, plan on giving yourself some extra time. The airline will be using remote stands for more than a dozen departures, which will require being bussed to and from the terminal building. These changes will only be temporary, however.
Third Runway at Heathrow Gets PM Approval, With a Catch.
The United Kingdom’s new Prime Minster Theresa May will allow MPs to vote on an expansion plan for London’s over-burdened Heathrow airport (LHR), but the vote won’t come for over a year.
British Airways Changes Check-In Times for Flights Departing LHR
If you’re flying BA from London Heathrow, take note of some changes the airline has made regarding check-in times. You’ll now have to check-in at least 60 minutes before an international flight is scheduled to depart, and at least 45 minutes before a domestic flight. Previously, you could check in just 45 minutes before an international flight was scheduled to leave.
Earn Elite Status Quicker Thanks to a Promo From Virgin America
Virgin America is offering double Status Credits and double Elevate points when you fly in first-class between now and November 15. It takes only a few seconds to register on the airline’s site.
Featured image of Auckland, New Zealand.
The Points Guy Assessment:
The Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great pick for the beginner and the frequent traveler. The CSP has superb travel benefits, double points on certain purchases, and a 50,000 point sign up bonus. The $95 annual fee is waived the first year so this puts it as one of the less expensive cards, while still allowing you to earn one of the most valuable point currencies.
- 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 a 'Best Travel Credit Card' by MONEY® Magazine, 2016-2017
- 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