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TPG's Card Inventory, #Sundaegate, A New Premium Travel Card and More

April 22, 2017
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TPG's Card Inventory, #Sundaegate, A New Premium Travel Card 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:

TPG is cutting a lot of cards from his wallet this year.

My Early 2017 Credit Card Inventory: Which to Keep and Which to Cancel?

It's been a busy year so far in the premium travel credit card space, and several issuers have made significant changes to their top products. In light of all the changes, TPG has taken inventory of all his cards and has decided it was time to cut several from his wallet — see which ones he's keeping and which ones are getting canceled.

U.S. Bank's forthcoming premium travel card looks like it's going to compete head-to-head with some of the biggest names in the game.

Leaked Details of the Imminent U.S. Bank Altitude Reserve Card

While it's still not official yet, leaked details of the upcoming U.S. Bank Altitude Reserve card have surfaced online and point to a new card that's going to be a formidable competitor to the top cards already on the market.

Say it ain't so. United's suspending its ice cream sundae service for premium-cabin passengers.

United Suspends Premium-Cabin Sundae Service

More bad news for United flyers — the carrier is suspending its ice cream sundae service for premium-cabin passengers, and instead is serving 'pre-packaged ice cream cups and mousse' while it evaluates its options.

Southwest's new Amadeus system will support redeye flights.

What You Need to Know About Southwest's New Reservation System

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Beginning May 9, Southwest Airlines is moving to a new, modern reservations system known as Amadeus. Here's what you can expect to change when the new reservations system comes online soon.

TPG thinks the time is right to stop focusing so much on securing top-tier elite status with American Airlines.

Why I'm Jumping Off the AA Elite Status Hamster Wheel

After several years of maintaining Executive Platinum status with American Airlines, TPG has decided that he's de-prioritizing chasing Exec Plat in 2017 for a number of reasons — find out why he's not all that concerned about chasing AA's highest status level this year.

Read United CEO Oscar Munoz's apology letter he sent to the airline's top frequent flyers.

United CEO Sends Apology Email to Top Frequent Flyers

This week, United CEO Oscar Munoz sent an email to the airline's top frequent flyers that contained both an apology as well as a promise that the airline would be changing some of its policies so that it can avoid situations like #Bumpgate going forward.

New York's Taxi and Limousine commission wants apps like Uber to add options for customers to leave a tip on their credit cards.

Uber May Soon Be Forced to Add In-App Tipping Feature

This week, the Taxi and Limousine Commission of New York City (TLC) shared that it will be introducing a proposal that would require all ride-sharing services that accept only credit cards (like Uber) to allow customers to add a tip using their card.

If you're a big spender, consider applying for the British Airways Visa Signature Card to take advantage of a tiered, elevated sign-up offer.

Earn a Total of 100k Avios With This British Airways Visa Sign-Up Bonus

The British Airways Visa Signature Card is currently offering a sign-up bonus through which you can earn up to 100,000 Avios, after spending $20,000 total on purchases within your first year from account opening.

In other news...

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United admits that it's lost some of its most valuable domestic customers to other airlines like American.

United President Admits Leaving New York's JFK Airport Was a Mistake

United's president Scott Kirby (formerly of American Airlines) said this week that pulling all flights from New York's JFK airport and moving them all to Newark Airport (EWR) in New Jersey was a mistake that led to the airline losing some of its most valuable customers. However, he didn't suggest that United would be returning to JFK any time soon.

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Virgin America is moving in with Alaska Airlines at LAX in May.

Virgin America is Moving in With Alaska at LAX Soon

As of May 13, 2017, Virgin America will be moving from Terminal 3 to Terminal 6 at LAX to join Alaska Airlines. Unfortunately, this means the Virgin America Loft at the airport will be closed as of May 10. Virgin America's Elevate Gold members will receive free access to the Alaska lounge, and Silver members will be allowed in at a reduced rate when the airline completes the move on May 13.

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TPG featured card

Best card for premium perks while traveling
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

2 - 10X points
10XEarn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel
5X5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel.
2X2 Miles per dollar on every purchase, every day

Intro offer

75,000 bonus miles
Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel

Annual Fee

$395

Recommended Credit

740-850
Excellent
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.

Why We Chose It

The Capital One Venture X card is one of the best all-round travel credit cards ever launched. Not only is it offering a tremendous welcome bonus, but cardholders can earn tons of miles on everyday spending and receive a 10,000-mile anniversary bonus to boot. Its annual fee is $395, but cardholders can count on up to $300 in statement credits toward travel booked through Capital One Travel each year and other valuable benefits like access to Priority Pass lounges and Capital One’s own growing family of airport lounges.

Pros

  • Excellent welcome offer worth 75,000 miles after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months.
  • Up to $300 in annual travel statement credits toward bookings make through Capital One Travel.
  • 10,000 bonus miles (worth $100 toward travel) each account anniversary.

Cons

  • The $395 annual fee might be expensive for some, but this card’s benefits provide much more value than that.
  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
  • Earn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on all other purchases
  • Unlimited complimentary access for you and two guests to 1,400+ lounges, including Capital One Lounges and our Partner Lounge Network
  • Receive up to a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck®
  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
  • Named editors' choice for "Best New Credit Card of 2021" by The Points Guy
  • Earn 10 miles per dollar when you book on Turo, the world's largest car sharing marketplace, through May 16, 2023
Best card for premium perks while traveling
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

10XEarn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel
5X5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel.
2X2 Miles per dollar on every purchase, every day
  • Intro Offer
    Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel

    75,000 bonus miles
  • Annual Fee

    $395
  • 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.

    740-850
    Excellent

Why We Chose It

The Capital One Venture X card is one of the best all-round travel credit cards ever launched. Not only is it offering a tremendous welcome bonus, but cardholders can earn tons of miles on everyday spending and receive a 10,000-mile anniversary bonus to boot. Its annual fee is $395, but cardholders can count on up to $300 in statement credits toward travel booked through Capital One Travel each year and other valuable benefits like access to Priority Pass lounges and Capital One’s own growing family of airport lounges.

Pros

  • Excellent welcome offer worth 75,000 miles after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months.
  • Up to $300 in annual travel statement credits toward bookings make through Capital One Travel.
  • 10,000 bonus miles (worth $100 toward travel) each account anniversary.

Cons

  • The $395 annual fee might be expensive for some, but this card’s benefits provide much more value than that.
  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
  • Earn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on all other purchases
  • Unlimited complimentary access for you and two guests to 1,400+ lounges, including Capital One Lounges and our Partner Lounge Network
  • Receive up to a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck®
  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
  • Named editors' choice for "Best New Credit Card of 2021" by The Points Guy
  • Earn 10 miles per dollar when you book on Turo, the world's largest car sharing marketplace, through May 16, 2023