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Stay at World's Best Hotel, Big United Changes, a Top New Card and More

April 29 2017
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Stay at World's Best Hotel, Big United Changes, a Top New 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:

Check out the so-called #1 hotel in the world in TPG's full review.

Hotel Review: The Marangga Villa at Nihiwatu, Indonesia

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Nihiwatu was rated the world's top hotel by Travel + Leisure, so TPG decided to do a full review and see whether or not it lives up to the hype.

The #Bumpgate scandal is sticking around for much longer than United would like.

Another Side to the #BumpGate Story: One Officer's Account of What Happened

Although it’s been more than two weeks since the #Bumpgate incident involving Dr. David Dao on United Airlines Flight 3411, few details outside of the original video have been released. However, the officer who was seen in the video dragging Dao down the aisle, James Long, has now shared his point of view of the incident — find out what he has to say about what happened on that infamous flight.

Get all your questions answered about the U.S. Bank Altitude Reserve Card.

Questions and Answers About the U.S. Bank Altitude Reserve Card

The U.S. Bank Altitude Reserve Card launches on Monday (May 1). Find out all you need to know about the hot new card before you apply.

Find out how your credit score may change this fall.

Big Changes Coming to How This Credit Score Is Calculated

This fall, credit bureaus Experian, TransUnion and Equifax will be rolling out changes to their scoring system called VantageScore. The new model will place a higher emphasis on trends in someone’s credit history, like timely payments or how much debt they hold.

American Airlines just doubled the sign-up offers on its co-branded Citi cards.

Earn 60k Miles With the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select Cards

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.

Will United's new plan to improve customer service be a success?

United Details Policy Changes Following Bumpgate Incident

This week, United unveiled several policy changes meant to reaffirm it's commitment to providing better customer service and to ensure that a similar incident doesn't happen again in the future.

Compulsive Uber rating checkers will be relieved to know that it's now much easier to do so.

Uber Is Changing up Its Passenger and Driver Rating System

We all know someone who is obsessed with checking their Uber rating constantly, but it used to be sort of a complicated process. Now, however, the app is making it a whole lot easier for you to know your score at all times.

In other news...

Etihad Apartment.
You now have the option to purchase Etihad Guest miles.

Etihad's Now Allowing Customers to Purchase Miles

You can now purchase Etihad Guest miles at a cost of two cents per mile. If you want to purchase Guest miles, you can buy them in increments of 1,000, with a maximum of 60,000 miles.

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Alaska and Virgin's new home at JFK will be in Terminal 7.

Alaska and Virgin America are Moving to Terminal 7 at JFK

Last week, Alaska and Virgin America shared that they'll be moving terminals at LAX, and now they've shared that they're making a move at JFK as well, to be completed by October 2017. The combined airline will make its home at Terminal 7. Currently, Alaska operates from Terminal 8 and Virgin from Terminal 4.

TPG featured card

Best Marriott card for Business Owners
TPG Editor‘s Rating
Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
3 / 5
Go to review

Rewards

2 - 6X points
6X6x points at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy® program.
4X4x points for purchases made at restaurants worldwide, at U.S. gas stations, on wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers and on U.S. purchases for shipping.
2X2x points on all other eligible purchases.

Intro offer

Limited Time Offer: Earn 100,000 points75,000 points
Limited Time Offer: Earn 100,000 Bonus Marriott Bonvoy Points after spending $4,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months of Card Membership. Offer expires 11/2/22.

Annual Fee

$125

Recommended Credit

670-850
Excellent/Good
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 Marriott Bonvoy Business Amex is a stacked card with a rewards rate that will help you earn bonus points on everyday and business-related purchases. You'll earn 15 elite night credits each calendar year, and receive automatic Gold elite status. Finally, the free night award certificate with a redemption level of 35,000 points or less can get you hundreds of dollars in potential value each year.

Pros

  • 6x points on eligible purchases at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy program
  • 4x points at restaurants worldwide, U.S. gas stations, wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers and U.S. shipping
  • 2x points on all other eligible purchases
  • Earn a free-night award each card renewal month (up to 35,000 points)
  • Receive 15 elite night credits to jump-start status
  • Transfer Marriott points to 40+ airlines

Cons

  • Airline points transfer ratios are poor
  • Must spend $60,000 in a year for second free-night award
  • Limited Time Offer: Earn 100,000 Bonus Marriott Bonvoy Points after spending $4,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months of Card Membership. Offer expires 11/2/22.
  • 6x points at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy® program.
  • 4x points for purchases made at restaurants worldwide, at U.S. gas stations, on wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers and on U.S. purchases for shipping.
  • 2x points on all other eligible purchases.
  • Receive a 7% discount off standard rates for reservations of standard guest rooms at hotels that participate in the Marriott Bonvoy program when you book directly. Terms and Conditions Apply.
  • Receive 1 Free Night Award every year after your Card renewal month. Plus, earn an additional Free Night Award after you spend $60K in purchases on your Card in a calendar year. Awards can be used for one night (redemption level at or under 35,000 Marriott Bonvoy® points) at hotels participating in Marriott Bonvoy®. Certain hotels have resort fees.
  • Enjoy Complimentary Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite Status with your Card.
  • Terms apply.
  • See Rates & Fees
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Best Marriott card for Business Owners
TPG Editor‘s Rating
Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
3 / 5
Go to review

Rewards Rate

6X6x points at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy® program.
4X4x points for purchases made at restaurants worldwide, at U.S. gas stations, on wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers and on U.S. purchases for shipping.
2X2x points on all other eligible purchases.
  • Intro Offer
    Limited Time Offer: Earn 100,000 Bonus Marriott Bonvoy Points after spending $4,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months of Card Membership. Offer expires 11/2/22.

    Limited Time Offer: Earn 100,000 points
    75,000 points
  • Annual Fee

    $125
  • 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 Marriott Bonvoy Business Amex is a stacked card with a rewards rate that will help you earn bonus points on everyday and business-related purchases. You'll earn 15 elite night credits each calendar year, and receive automatic Gold elite status. Finally, the free night award certificate with a redemption level of 35,000 points or less can get you hundreds of dollars in potential value each year.

Pros

  • 6x points on eligible purchases at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy program
  • 4x points at restaurants worldwide, U.S. gas stations, wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers and U.S. shipping
  • 2x points on all other eligible purchases
  • Earn a free-night award each card renewal month (up to 35,000 points)
  • Receive 15 elite night credits to jump-start status
  • Transfer Marriott points to 40+ airlines

Cons

  • Airline points transfer ratios are poor
  • Must spend $60,000 in a year for second free-night award
  • Limited Time Offer: Earn 100,000 Bonus Marriott Bonvoy Points after spending $4,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months of Card Membership. Offer expires 11/2/22.
  • 6x points at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy® program.
  • 4x points for purchases made at restaurants worldwide, at U.S. gas stations, on wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers and on U.S. purchases for shipping.
  • 2x points on all other eligible purchases.
  • Receive a 7% discount off standard rates for reservations of standard guest rooms at hotels that participate in the Marriott Bonvoy program when you book directly. Terms and Conditions Apply.
  • Receive 1 Free Night Award every year after your Card renewal month. Plus, earn an additional Free Night Award after you spend $60K in purchases on your Card in a calendar year. Awards can be used for one night (redemption level at or under 35,000 Marriott Bonvoy® points) at hotels participating in Marriott Bonvoy®. Certain hotels have resort fees.
  • Enjoy Complimentary Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite Status with your Card.
  • Terms apply.
  • See Rates & Fees