New Routes for November, Delta Bans Pro-Trump Flyer, Pay Your Taxes With the Amex Business Platinum and More
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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:
Check out this recap of the most exciting routes that were announced or launched in November 2016 — from new domestic flights on Southwest to additional flights between the US and Europe on a variety of carriers.
One passenger on a recent Delta flight was banned from the airline for life after causing a politically charged commotion on board. The rest of the passengers received refunds on the cost of their tickets.
The recent updates to the Business Platinum Card® from American Express make it an appealing choice for paying taxes. You’ll effectively be able to “buy” Membership Rewards points for just 1.25 cents apiece if your tax bill is at least $5,000.
United is using software called AIMS to help it detect when people are trying to fraudulently enter its new Polaris lounges. AIMs will identify those who use fake boarding passes or book a flight simply to cancel it once inside the lounge.
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In Other News…
Emirates Ups Its First Class Champagne Selection on Some Flights
Emirates already has a reputation for serving incredible food and beverages to its first-class passengers, but some flights are going to get an even more exclusive champagne offering: Dom Pérignon Plénitude Deuxième 1998. It won’t be served on all flights, but you can check if it will be served on yours through Emirates’ site.
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Experience Air France’s New 787 Between Paris and London
After Air France takes delivery of its brand-new Boeing 787 Dreamliners, it’ll fly the aircraft between Paris and London six days per week before it enters long-haul service. The carrier is offering special introductory fares on the route, with round-trip business-class tickets from 249 GBP (~$317).
British Airways’ Concorde Room Gets Its Own Unique Gin
If you’re traveling in BA first class or are one of the airline’s top customers and spend some time in the Concorde Room before a flight, keep an eye out for British Airways’ own unique gin that’ll be served only in the exclusive lounges.
Check Out LAX’s New $1.3 Billion Concourse
Take a video tour of what will become the Midfield Satellite Concourse at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The $1.3 billion concourse will serve as an addition to the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) and is slated to open in late 2019.
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