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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:
Generally, the domestic airlines aren’t held in the highest regard by the average American traveler. There are, however, differences among the major carriers. We crunched the numbers to find out which are the best — and worst — domestic airlines.
Starting March 30, the Amex Platinum card will get a big upgrade — highlights include 5x Membership Rewards points for hotel bookings made through amextravel.com, $200 in ride credits per year with Uber, complimentary Gold cards and a new, metal design. There will also be a $100 hike in the annual fee, to $550 per year.
Check out the most exciting new routes for February, including Southwest flights from Oakland (OAK) to several Mexican destinations and a new longest flight in the world between Doha (DOH) and Auckland (AKL) on Qatar.
On March 23, Singapore’s KrisFlyer program will undergo a devaluation, including the elimination of the 15% discount on award bookings made through the carrier’s website as well as an increase in award rates in certain regions. One silver lining, however, is that the carrier is eliminating fuel surcharges on Singapore- and SilkAir-operated flights.
As the Marriott/Starwood merger continues to develop, we learned this week that David Flueck, the former SVP of revenue management of the Starwood Preferred Guest program, is now the SVP of Loyalty for the entire brand, which is reassuring for SPG loyalists concerned about the future of the program.
One of the hallmark features of Hilton’s refreshed Honors program is the Points & Money option, which allows members to pair a variable number of points (in increments of 1,000 points and starting at 5,000 points) with an equivalent value in cash. We crunched the numbers in a few examples — a full award night, a night paid for by cash or a night paid for with Points & Money — to see how you can get the best value.
Check out this incredible amusement park constructed in what used to be a salt mine in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, the de facto capital of Transylvania.
In other news…
Earn Tons of Bonus Points When You Fly JetBlue’s New BOS – ATL Flight
JetBlue is launching service to Atlanta (ATL) on March 30, with flights to Boston (BOS). To celebrate the new service, the airline is offering an opportunity to earn up to 6,000 bonus TrueBlue points when you book and fly between March 30 and June 30, 2017.
Check Out This Month’s Flying Blue Promo Awards
You can save up to 25% on Flying Blue award tickets on select routes between the US and Europe with this month’s Promo Awards.
Earn 2x TrueBlue Points on All JetBlue Flights For a Limited Time
Register to earn 2x TrueBlue points on every JetBlue flight you take through April 30, 2017 if you book by March 23, 2017. With this promo, you’ll earn 6 base flight points per dollar, which could help you reach Mosaic status faster.
Featured image of the St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort.
The American Express Platinum card has some of the best perks out there: cardholders enjoy the best domestic lounge access (Delta SkyClubs, Centurion Lounges, and Priority Pass), a $200 annual airline fee credit as well as up to $200 in Uber credits, and mid-tier elite status at SPG, Marriott, and Hilton. Combined with the 60,000 point welcome offer -- worth $1,140 based on TPG's valuations -- this card is a no-brainer for frequent travelers. Here are 5 reasons you should consider this card, as well as how you can figure out if the $550 annual fee makes sense for you.
- Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
- Enjoy Uber VIP status and free rides in the U.S. up to $15 each month, plus a bonus $20 in December. That can be up to $200 in annual Uber savings.
- 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
- 5X Membership Rewards points on prepaid hotels booked on amextravel.com.
- Enjoy access to the Global Lounge Collection, the only credit card airport lounge access program that includes proprietary lounge locations around the world.
- Receive complimentary benefits with an average total value of $550 with Fine Hotels & Resorts. Learn More.
- $200 Airline Fee Credit, up to $200 per calendar year in baggage fees and more at one qualifying airline.
- Get up to $100 in statement credits annually for purchases at Saks Fifth Avenue on your Platinum Card®. Enrollment required.
- $550 annual fee.
- Terms Apply.
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