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May Valuations, More Drama for US Airlines, American's Making Economy an Even Tighter Squeeze and More

May 06, 2017
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May Valuations, More Drama for US Airlines, American's Making Economy an Even Tighter Squeeze 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:

What Are Points & Miles Worth? May 2017 Monthly Valuations

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Find out what your points and miles are worth in May and see why one program got its value knocked down this month.

Why did an entire family get kicked off a recent Delta flight?

Family Kicked off Delta Flight for Not Giving up Child's Seat

Delta was involved in another incident with passengers this week, where it removed an entire family from a flight. But, in this case, the airline isn't entirely at fault. Read about the whole incident here.

Economy class keeps getting more and more cramped.

American Airlines Is Decreasing Legroom for Some Economy Passengers

More bad news for economy flyers — American is planning on decreasing legroom on some of its upcoming 737 MAX aircraft from 31 inches of pitch to 29 inches, further degrading the in-flight experience for economy passengers.

You'll soon be able to fly nonstop between Newark (EWR) and Buenos Aires (EZE).

United Grows Presence in South America With New Route and Added Frequency

United's adding a new route from its hub in Newark (EWR) to Buenos Aires, Argentina (EZE) and upping the frequency of its existing flight between EWR and Bogotá, Colombia (BOG). The second-daily flight to BOG will operate in the summer months, and the inaugural flight to EZE will come at the end of October 2017.

Find out some of the best ways to use 60,000 AAdvantage miles.

Best Uses of 60,000 American Airlines AAdvantage Miles

Currently, two co-branded American Airlines credit cards from Citi are offering elevated sign-up bonuses. Here are some of the best ways to redeem the 60,000 AAdvantage miles you'll earn if you sign up for either of the cards.

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You can earn a bunch of free JetBlue TrueBlue points if you sign up for Amazon Prime.

Earn 3,000 Bonus TrueBlue Points When You Sign Up for Amazon Prime

If you've been thinking about joining Amazon Prime, make sure you sign up through JetBlue between now and June 8, 2017 so you can take advantage of a promo that will give you 3,000 bonus TrueBlue points just for signing up.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 13: A British Airways flight departs Heathrow Airport on November 13, 2009 in London, England. Spanish Airline Iberia and British Airways have reached an agreement over a possible merger that could see the two companies merge by the end of 2010, to create one of the world's largest airlines by revenue. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
British Airways is making it a little easier for passengers to pay for flights.

British Airways Introduces 'Part Payment' Option for Flights

British Airways is making it a little easier for customers to pay for flights by introducing an option to book with a combination of Avios and cash. You can use as few as 1,250 Avios to discount the cash price of your ticket by $12.

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If you're a Delta Amex cardholder, enjoy complimentary premium drinks in Delta Sky Clubs for a limited time.

Delta Amex Cardholders Can Receive Free Premium Drinks at Sky Clubs for a Limited Time

If you're a Delta Amex cardholder, Delta's offering you two complimentary premium drinks in its US Sky Clubs between now and May 14, 2017. Simply present your eligible card to the bartender and then enjoy your two free drinks.

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TPG loves JetBlue's Mint product.

Get a 25% Bonus When You Transfer Amex Points to JetBlue

From now until May 31, 2017, you'll receive a 25% bonus when you transfer Membership Rewards points to JetBlue's TrueBlue program. With the bonus, you'll get a transfer ratio of 1:1.

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Earn double TrueBlue points on Icelandair for a limited time.

Double TrueBlue Points on Icelandair Flights Through Early July

JetBlue and Icelandair have a new partnership — and to celebrate, JetBlue is offering TrueBlue members double points on Icelandair flights through July 7, 2017. Be sure to include your TrueBlue number when you book through Icelandair.

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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
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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.

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  • 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

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  • 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