Setting the Record Straight on #Bumpgate, A Tale of Two Resorts in the Maldives, the End of a Great Award and More

Apr 15, 2017

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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:

United’s #BumpGate incident has taken the world by storm.

How I Got the United Situation Wrong

The shocking video of a passenger being violently dragged off a United Airlines flight this week has resulted in a media firestorm. When we first reported on the story, not all the details were available, and as the dust settled new facts emerged that shifted the perspective on the story. Read TPG’s thoughts here.

Which luxe Maldives resort comes out on top?

Hotel Face-Off: St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort vs. Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa

TPG recently had the chance to stay at both the Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa and the St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort. See which one comes out on top in a head-to-head matchup.

One of the best business-class awards in the industry is no longer available.

Etihad Kills Off Incredible 36,620-Mile Round-Trip Business-Class Award

Some disappointing news this week from the Etihad Guest program — you’re no longer able to book a round-trip business-class ticket on Brussels Airlines for 36,620 miles. The award will now run you 88,000 miles round-trip.

Which premium travel rewards card is top dog?

Battle of the Premium Travel Rewards Cards: Which Is the Best?

Competition in the premium travel rewards card segment has gotten a lot more intense lately. Issuers are now adding benefits at a rapid clip in hopes of besting their peers. It’s time to see how the top cards in the business stack up against one another.

Can you imagine an A380 with even more seats than it already has? Airbus sure can.

Airbus Shows Off A380 Model That Holds Even More Seats

How does 11-across in coach sound to you? Airbus showed off a model A380 that sports a 3-5-3 configuration in economy as well as narrower aisles.

You can book great awards through the Flying Blue program.

Transferring Ultimate Rewards Points to Flying Blue

You can often get great value from your Ultimate Rewards points when you transfer them to Flying Blue, the loyalty program of Air France and KLM. Here’s how to do it so you can get maximum value.

The Slip Slide Seat is an innovation with huge potential.

This New Aircraft Seat Can Cut Down Your Boarding Time

Check out one of the coolest innovations from the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Germany — the Slip Slide Seat. This innovative seat design could help airlines board aircraft much faster.

In other news…

There are a few final things to ensure you earn elite status before the end of the year. Photo courtesy of American Airlines.
Get closer to a business-class award on American Airlines with this offer from DirecTV.

Earn 50,000 Bonus AAdvantage Miles With DirecTV

Here’s an interesting offer — DirecTV and American Airlines are offering a significant 50,000 bonus miles if you are a new customer and sign up for a 24-month agreement for the provider’s ‘select’ plans, or higher.

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AAdvantage members are going to earn fewer miles on Qantas flights soon.

You’ll Soon Earn Fewer AAdvantage Miles on Qantas Flights — and Vice Versa

As of May 1, 2017, American Airlines and Qantas are cutting the rates at which you earn miles on each other’s flights.

Cathay Pacific offers a solid experience in business class.

Cathay Pacific Introducing Dine-on-Demand for Business-Class Passengers on Select Routes

Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific is testing ways to improve the business-class experience it provides. It’s going to introduce a dine-on-demand concept in the business-class cabin on its flights between Hong Kong (HKG) and London (LGW) from May 1 – 31, 2017 and again on flights between HKG and Chicago (ORD) from June 1 – 30, 2017.

Featured image of the St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort.

Bank of America® Premium Rewards® Visa® credit card

This card from Bank of America gets really interesting if you have a BofA checking, savings or investment account. Depending on the value of your combined accounts you can potentially get as much as 3.5x points on travel/dining and 2.625x points on other purchases making it the richest consumer banking bonus out there.

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More Things to Know
  • Receive 50,000 bonus points – a $500 value – after you make at least $3,000 in purchases in the first 90 days of account opening
  • Earn unlimited 2 points for every $1 spent on travel and dining purchases and unlimited 1.5 points per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • If you're a Bank of America Preferred Rewards member, you can earn 25%-75% more points on every purchase
  • No limit to the points you can earn and your points don't expire
  • Redeem for cash back as a statement credit, deposit into eligible Bank of America® accounts, credit to eligible Merrill accounts, or gift cards or purchases at the Bank of America Travel Center
  • Get up to $200 in combined airline incidental and airport expedited screening statement credits + valuable travel insurance protections
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees
  • Low $95 annual fee
Intro APR on Purchases
N/A
Regular APR
17.74% - 24.74% Variable APR on purchases and balance transfers
Annual Fee
$95
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $10 or 3% of the amount of each transaction, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit
Excellent/Good

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