Qatar's Conundrum, the World's Longest Flights, the Future of SPG and More
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.
Early this week, we learned of the somewhat shocking news that a coalition of nations including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Libya, Yemen and The Maldives had severed diplomatic ties with the State of Qatar. The new reality in the region has created an enormous headache for flag carrier Qatar Airways, as it's no longer allowed to fly over those nations airspace.
The competition for the world’s longest passenger flight continues to heat up with multiple airlines vying for the bragging rights that come along with operating such a flight. Check out the world's 10 longest routes for 2017 according to miles flown.
This week, Leeny Oberg, Marriott’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, delivered an update on the status of both the Marriott Rewards and the Starwood Preferred Guest programs. She said that she expects the two programs to be combined by the end of 2018 and she believes that Marriott will be in a position to negotiate a great credit card deal for consumers.
Find out which travel rewards cards are offering the best sign-up offers this month.
This week it was my turn to reveal which cards have a place in my wallet — find out how each one fits into my points, miles and travel strategy.
Despite the diplomatic chaos in the Persian Gulf and Middle East, there are still plenty of reasons to fly Qatar, as TPG Points and Miles Writer JT Genter found out on a recent flight between Boston (BOS) and Doha (DOH). Its business-class product is one of the very best in the sky — and there's usually excellent award availability as well.
Airlines are constantly making it more difficult for flyers to earn elite status, but these credit cards provide benefits similar to those of entry-level status tiers and don't necessarily require extensive flying (or spending) with the airline.
This week, American Airlines sent out a new elite status fast track offer. This new offer allows qualifying AAdvantage members to fast track to any status — including the top-tier Executive Platinum status — starting at just 7,000 elite-qualifying miles (EQM) and $1,000 elite-qualifying dollars (EQD).
In other news...
Up to a 50% Bonus When You Buy TrueBlue Points
JetBlue has a new offer for purchasing TrueBlue points. Now through June 30, 2017, you can get up to a 50% bonus when you buy up to 30,000 points.
Earn 3x Etihad Miles on AirBerlin Flights (Targeted)
If you've got upcoming flights on AirBerlin, check your inbox to see if you're able register for a 3x miles promotion when crediting these flights to Etihad Guest.