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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 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.
Check out Team TPG’s list of items that cost $10 or less that would make amazing stocking stuffers.
Read about how one traveler turned his long baggage delay into a positive — and found his new favorite pair of jeans in the process!
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!
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…
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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