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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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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