Carry-On Electronics Banned From Several Airlines, The End of Virgin America, TPG Flies Spirit 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:
Earlier this week, we learned that the US Department of Homeland Security issued a security directive that took effect this morning at 3:00am banning carry-on electronics larger than cell phones on several airlines from the Middle East and Africa. Here’s what you need to know.
Ever since Alaska Airlines and Virgin America announced their merger, people have been eagerly awaiting to learn the fate of the Virgin America brand. This week, along with a slew of enhancements to its in-flight product and lounges among other things, Alaska Airlines shared that the Virgin America brand will officially be retired in 2019.
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Early this week, Alaska Airlines officially shared the details of a new partnership with Condor, a low-cost carrier based in Germany. The partnership opens up plenty of opportunities to earn tons of Alaska miles on reasonably-priced international flights.
With the announcement of the electronics ban, travelers immediately started asking questions about what would happen if their valuable electronic devices got lost or stolen in checked bags. Find out what policies the top premium travel cards provide for lost or stolen baggage.
Soon after American Express opened its Centurion Studio lounge in Seattle (SEA), it became apparent that it would need to dramatically expand the lounge in order to meet the demand of passengers in the airport. This week, Amex showed off its expanded and updated lounge in Seattle — get a first look at it here.
TPG recently flew Spirit Airlines back to the US after a trip to Cuba. Much to his (and everyone else’s) surprise, he didn’t totally hate it.
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In other news…
British Airways Cuts Some Amenities From First Class
British Airways seems to be on a mission to cut costs lately, and one tactic the airline has employed is cutting back on amenities. Now, the London-based carrier is making even more cuts to its first-class cabin. Though minor, it’s never a good sign to see a carrier slimming down its premier product.
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