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9 Hours Alone in Thai First Class, Norwegian Adds New US Cities, Cramped A380s and More

April 08, 2017
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Thai 747 First Class Review
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:

Thai first class was a totally luxurious experience, and one of the best redemptions around.

Flight Review: Thai (747-400) First Class From Sydney to Bangkok

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.

People in the Western US will soon have more low-cost options for flights to Europe.

Norwegian to Begin Service From New West Coast Cities — Fares Starting at $199 One-Way

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 wants to squeeze even more people into the coach cabin of its largest jet.

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?

Check out this month's top travel rewards credit card offers.

Top 10 Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for April 2017

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American's decision to end nonstop SJU service from New York is surprising.

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'll soon be able to travel in a lie-flat seat between New York and Las Vegas.

You Can Now Book JetBlue's New Transcon Mint Flights

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).

Score a discounted AA redemption with these reduced mileage awards.

American Airlines Reduced Mileage Awards for April-July 2017

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.

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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.

It's your last chance to get a 10% statement credit when you re-load your Starbucks Card online.

10% Rebate When You Re-Load Your Starbucks Card With the Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card

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.

WestJet Rewards members can now redeem WestJet dollars on select Delta flights.

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.