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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

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

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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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Best for the well-traveled foodie
TPG Editor‘s Rating
Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
4 / 5
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Rewards

3 - 4X points
4XEarn 4X Membership Rewards® Points at Restaurants, plus takeout and delivery in the U.S.
4XEarn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per calendar year in purchases, then 1X).
3XEarn 3X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or on amextravel.com.

Intro offer

60,000 bonus points
Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $4,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 6 months of Card Membership.

Annual Fee

$250

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

There's a lot to love about the Amex Gold card. It's been a fan favorite during the pandemic because of its fantastic rewards rate on restaurants (that includes takeout and delivery in the U.S.!) and U.S. supermarkets. If you're hitting the skies soon, you'll also earn bonus points on travel. Paired with up to $120 in Uber Cash (for U.S. Uber rides or Uber Eats orders) and up to $120 in annual dining statement credits at eligible partners, there's no reason that the foodie shouldn't add this card to their wallet. Enrollment required.

Pros

  • 4x on dining at restaurants and U.S. supermarkets (on the first $25,000 in purchases per calendar year; then 1x)
  • 3x on flights booked directly with the airline or with Amex Travel
  • Welcome bonus of 60,000 points after spending $4,000 in the first six months

Cons

  • Weak on travel outside of flights and everyday spending bonus categories
  • Not as useful for those living outside the U.S.
  • Some may have trouble using Uber/food credits
  • Few travel perks and protections
  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $4,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 6 months of Card Membership.
  • Earn 4X Membership Rewards® Points at Restaurants, plus takeout and delivery in the U.S., and earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per calendar year in purchases, then 1X).
  • Earn 3X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or on amextravel.com.
  • $120 Uber Cash on Gold: Add your Gold Card to your Uber account and each month automatically get $10 in Uber Cash for Uber Eats orders or Uber rides in the U.S., totaling up to $120 per year.
  • $120 Dining Credit: Satisfy your cravings and earn up to $10 in statement credits monthly when you pay with the American Express® Gold Card at Grubhub, The Cheesecake Factory, Goldbelly, Wine.com, Milk Bar and select Shake Shack locations. Enrollment required.
  • Choose the color that suits your style. Gold or Rose Gold.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • Annual Fee is $250.
  • Terms Apply.
  • See Rates & Fees
Apply for American Express® Gold Card
at American Express's secure site
Terms & restrictions apply. See rates & fees
Best for the well-traveled foodie
TPG Editor‘s Rating
Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
4 / 5
Go to review

Rewards Rate

4XEarn 4X Membership Rewards® Points at Restaurants, plus takeout and delivery in the U.S.
4XEarn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per calendar year in purchases, then 1X).
3XEarn 3X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or on amextravel.com.
  • Intro Offer
    Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $4,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 6 months of Card Membership.

    60,000 bonus points
  • Annual Fee

    $250
  • 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

There's a lot to love about the Amex Gold card. It's been a fan favorite during the pandemic because of its fantastic rewards rate on restaurants (that includes takeout and delivery in the U.S.!) and U.S. supermarkets. If you're hitting the skies soon, you'll also earn bonus points on travel. Paired with up to $120 in Uber Cash (for U.S. Uber rides or Uber Eats orders) and up to $120 in annual dining statement credits at eligible partners, there's no reason that the foodie shouldn't add this card to their wallet. Enrollment required.

Pros

  • 4x on dining at restaurants and U.S. supermarkets (on the first $25,000 in purchases per calendar year; then 1x)
  • 3x on flights booked directly with the airline or with Amex Travel
  • Welcome bonus of 60,000 points after spending $4,000 in the first six months

Cons

  • Weak on travel outside of flights and everyday spending bonus categories
  • Not as useful for those living outside the U.S.
  • Some may have trouble using Uber/food credits
  • Few travel perks and protections
  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $4,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 6 months of Card Membership.
  • Earn 4X Membership Rewards® Points at Restaurants, plus takeout and delivery in the U.S., and earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per calendar year in purchases, then 1X).
  • Earn 3X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or on amextravel.com.
  • $120 Uber Cash on Gold: Add your Gold Card to your Uber account and each month automatically get $10 in Uber Cash for Uber Eats orders or Uber rides in the U.S., totaling up to $120 per year.
  • $120 Dining Credit: Satisfy your cravings and earn up to $10 in statement credits monthly when you pay with the American Express® Gold Card at Grubhub, The Cheesecake Factory, Goldbelly, Wine.com, Milk Bar and select Shake Shack locations. Enrollment required.
  • Choose the color that suits your style. Gold or Rose Gold.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • Annual Fee is $250.
  • Terms Apply.
  • See Rates & Fees