9 Hours Alone in Thai First Class, Norwegian Adds New US Cities, Cramped A380s 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:
At just 40,000 United miles for the one-way trip from Sydney (SYD) to Bangkok (BKK), Thai’s first-class experience can’t be beat. Join Editor-in-Chief Zach Honig for the full review of the 9-hour experience.
This week, Norwegian Air shared that it’ll be starting two new flights between the US and Europe: Denver (DEN) and Seattle (SEA) to London (LGW). You can now purchase tickets on both routes.
Airbus Details Plans to Add 80 More Seats to the A380
This week at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Germany, Airbus showed off a concept that would add up to 80 seats to its superjumbo jet, the A380. How does 3-5-3 in economy sound to you?
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American Airlines to End Nonstop New York to San Juan Service
At the end of this summer, American Airlines will end nonstop service between New York (JFK) and San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU). AA will continue to offer nonstop service to SJU from Miami (MIA), Philadelphia (PHL), Chicago (ORD), Dallas (DFW) and Charlotte (CLT).
You’re now able to book some of JetBlue’s new transcontinental Mint flights that were announced last year. While you still can’t purchase a Mint seat on the carrier’s flights between New York (JFK) and Seattle (SEA), you can book lie-flat seats on certain flights between New York (JFK) and Las Vegas (LAS) and San Diego (SAN), as well as select flights between Boston (BOS) and San Diego (SAN).
If you have a Citi-issued American Airlines co-branded credit card, you’re eligible to save between 1,000 and 7,500 AAdvantage miles on select award bookings. To book one of these reduced mileage awards, you’ll need to first find MileSAAver award availability on American Airlines’ website, then call AA at 1-800-882-8880 — or your elite reservations number, if applicable — to book the ticket.
In other news…
Biman Bangladesh Wants to Resume Flights to New York
It’s been over 20 years since Biman Bangladesh has flown to New York, but apparently the airline wants to give it another go. But, with a limited long-haul fleet, it’s unclear how the carrier would pull this off.
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If you re-load a Starbucks Card online or in-app with your Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card between now and April 15, 2017, you’ll receive 10% back in the form of a statement credit.
Delta and WestJet Expand Reciprocal Mileage Agreement to More Flights
Delta and WestJet shared that they’re expanding the reciprocal mileage agreement they’ve had in place since 2014. SkyMiles members are now able to redeem SkyMiles for all flights in WestJet’s network, and WestJet Rewards members can redeem WestJet dollars on select routes including flights to Paris, Tokyo, Rome, Madrid, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Sydney.
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