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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:
This week American Airlines followed the example of both Delta and United by sharing the details of its own basic economy fares. Read on to find out what you can expect when the new fares launch next month in select markets.
When you’re traveling during the winter, there’s always a chance that your flights could be delayed or even cancelled due to weather. Read up on these tips to help prepare yourself for any situation you may encounter.
American Express is adding another Centurion Lounge — this time in Philadelphia (PHL). Construction is expected to begin at the end of February with a target opening date of August 3, 2017.
The current 100,000 bonus point welcome offer with the Business Platinum Card from American Express is available for this card. Don’t miss your chance to get in on this great offer!
Here’s a rundown of some of the hottest hotels around the world that are slated to open by the end of this month.
In Other News…
Emirates’ New Long-Haul Economy Blankets Are Made From Recycled Plastic Bottles
Emirates has introduced a new blanket for its long-haul economy class passengers. Known as ecoTHREAD, the blankets are made from 100% recycled plastic bottles and will have saved about 88 million plastic bottles from landfills by the end of 2019.
Priority Pass Welcomes 13 New Lounges
Good and bad news for travelers with a Priority Pass card — the good news is that you now have 13 more lounge options to choose from. The bad news is that none of these lounges are located within the US. Check out all the new member lounges here.
Get a 20% Discount When You Book Domestic Japan Airlines Flights with AAdvantage Miles
You can receive a 20% discount on intra-Japan award flights on JAL when you book using AAdvantage miles. You have to book your flights and travel between January 30 and April 30, 2017 in order to take advantage. Note that upon checkout you have to use the following codes to get the discount:
- Business / First Class: U12PSJP
- Main Cabin: T6PSJP
Emirates Selling Access to Dubai Lounges
You can now purchase one-time access to Emirates’ first and business-class lounges in Dubai (DXB). Access is open to any SkyWard Blue member, regardless of class of travel. If you’re a non-elite member you can purchase access to the business-class lounge for $100 or the first-class lounge for $200. If you’re a Silver or Gold elite member, you can bring a guest into the business lounge for $100, or you can pay $100 to visit the first-class lounge if you already have access to the biz lounge.
Featured image courtesy of the Mercure Maldives Kooddoo Resort
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