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#LeggingsGate Special Report, Uber's Ditching Another Country, New Routes for March and More

April 01, 2017
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#LeggingsGate Special Report, Uber's Ditching Another Country, New Routes for March 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:

Non-revenue passengers are expected to comply with certain policies pertaining to apparel when they fly on a given airline.

#LeggingsGate Special Report: Comparison of Airline Non-Revenue Dress Codes

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Following last weekend's viral #LeggingsGate story, we wanted to put together a comprehensive guide to each major airline's policies pertaining to dress codes for non-revenue passengers. Read up on the rules here.

Earn a huge sign-up bonus with the Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card.

The Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card is currently offering a sign-up bonus of 75,000 points after you spend $3,000 within the first three months of account opening.

Uber is leaving Denmark later this month.

Uber Pulls Out of Yet Another Country

Earlier this week, Uber shared that it'd cease operations in Denmark as of April 18. The move comes after the rideshare company has faced lawsuits and has left certain markets because of its controversial operating practices.

Exciting New Airline Routes for March 2017 and Beyond

Check out the most exciting routes that airlines announced or launched in March.

Check to see if you're able to order your metal Amex Platinum card online.

Order Your Metal Amex Platinum Online in Less Than 5 Minutes

On Thursday, the changes to the Platinum Card from American Express went into effect, one of them being an all-new metal design. Amex is allowing some cardholders to request metal replacement cards online, and the whole process takes only a few minutes.

In other news...

You Can Now Redeem Ultimate Rewards Points for Airbnb and Uber Gift Cards

Chase is now allowing those with Ultimate Rewards-earning cards to redeem points for Airbnb and Uber gift cards — but it's not the best use of your points.

South African Airways isn't doing well financially.

South African Airways is Losing a Ton of Money

South African Airways has never been known for its outstanding financial performance, but its losses are truly staggering. The airline's board reported to South Africa's Standing Committee on Finance that it lost R4.5 billion (more than $335,000,000) in 2016/2017.

Virgin Australia will begin testing Gogo in-flight Wi-Fi this month.

Virgin Australia Will Use Gogo In-Flight Wi-Fi for its Domestic and International Aircraft

Virgin Australia chose to use Gogo to provide in-flight Wi-Fi on its domestic and international aircraft. The airline will begin testing the provider's 2Ku technology this month on a Boeing 737-800.

Earn double Qantas points on all flights for a limited time.

Register to Earn Double Points on All Qantas Flights for a Limited Time

Qantas is offering a limited-time promotion through which you can earn double points on all flights. You must register for the promotion, book flights by 11:59pm (Australian Standard Time) on April 3, 2017 and travel between April 15 and February 28, 2018.

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The Citi Premier’s 3 points per dollar spent across a wide range of popular categories is one of the more lucrative offerings in the world of points and miles. The Citi Premier comes with a $95 annual fee and is currently offering a solid sign up bonus of 80,000 points after you spend $4,000 on purchases within the first three months. It also has some valuable transfer partners to make the most of your rewards. Add in access to Citi Entertainment plus a $100 hotel credit for any single-stay hotel booking that exceeds $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through the Citi travel website, there are few reasons why the Citi Premier should not be in every traveler’s wallet.

Pros

  • Earns 3x points on restaurants, supermarkets, gas stations, air travel and hotels.
  • $100 annual hotel savings benefit (on single hotel stay bookings of $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through thankyou.com)
  • Points transfer to 16 airline programs, from JetBlue to Virgin Atlantic.
  • World Elite Mastercard benefits, extended warranty, damage and theft protection.

Cons

  • $95 annual fee
  • Lacks travel protections that other travel rewards cards come with
  • For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
  • Earn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Annual Hotel Savings Benefit
  • 80,000 Points are redeemable for $800 in gift cards when redeemed at thankyou.com
  • No expiration and no limit to the amount of points you can earn with this card
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases
Best starter travel card
TPG Editor‘s Rating
Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
4 / 5
Go to review

Rewards Rate

3XEarn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
3XEarn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
1XEarn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Intro Offer
    For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening

    Earn 80,000 ThankYou® points
    60,000 points
  • Annual Fee

    $95
  • Recommended Credit
    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

    670-850
    Excellent, Good

Why We Chose It

The Citi Premier’s 3 points per dollar spent across a wide range of popular categories is one of the more lucrative offerings in the world of points and miles. The Citi Premier comes with a $95 annual fee and is currently offering a solid sign up bonus of 80,000 points after you spend $4,000 on purchases within the first three months. It also has some valuable transfer partners to make the most of your rewards. Add in access to Citi Entertainment plus a $100 hotel credit for any single-stay hotel booking that exceeds $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through the Citi travel website, there are few reasons why the Citi Premier should not be in every traveler’s wallet.

Pros

  • Earns 3x points on restaurants, supermarkets, gas stations, air travel and hotels.
  • $100 annual hotel savings benefit (on single hotel stay bookings of $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through thankyou.com)
  • Points transfer to 16 airline programs, from JetBlue to Virgin Atlantic.
  • World Elite Mastercard benefits, extended warranty, damage and theft protection.

Cons

  • $95 annual fee
  • Lacks travel protections that other travel rewards cards come with
  • For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
  • Earn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Annual Hotel Savings Benefit
  • 80,000 Points are redeemable for $800 in gift cards when redeemed at thankyou.com
  • No expiration and no limit to the amount of points you can earn with this card
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases