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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.
Step on board Qatar’s newly retrofitted Boeing 777-300ER aircraft which feature the carrier’s brand-new Qsuites business-class product, which looks like it could compete for the title of best business class in the sky. Stay tuned for a full review of the Qsuite experience.
It may not be winning awards for the top first-class product in the sky any time soon, but China Southern offers a solid hard product, decent food, convenient timing and, perhaps best of all, plenty of award availability. Read the full review here.
Uber’s former CEO Travis Kalanick formally resigned from the company he co-founded in 2009 on Wednesday, stepping down after receiving a letter from some of the company’s largest shareholders amid a turbulent time for the rideshare company.
This week we learned that Hyatt will be changing the sign-up bonus for The Hyatt Credit Card from Chase. The card used to offer two free nights at any Hyatt property around the world after you spend $2,000 within the first three months of account opening, but as of June 29, 2017, the sign-up bonus will offer 40,000 World of Hyatt points after the same amount of spend.
Get a look inside TPG Senior Writer Julian Mark Kheel’s wallet in his credit card inventory.
American Express is sending $250 Tiffany & Co. gift cards to select Platinum Card from American Express cardholders. Have you received a gift from Amex?
Some big news in the hotel industry — The Ritz-Carlton is launching its own cruise line, called The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, in 2019. The ultra-luxe yachts will have a capacity of just under 300 passengers and will bring cruisers to ports of call that are off-limits for bigger boats.
In other news…
Amid Hub Shakeup, Lufthansa Moves LAX A380 Service to Munich
Last week, we learned that Lufthansa is shifting some of its A380s from Frankfurt (FRA) to Munich (MUC), and now we know that Los Angeles (LAX) will be one of the cities affected by the change. Instead of the A380 operating LAX-FRA, it’ll be shifted to the carrier’s LAX-MUC route that will be operated daily as of summer 2018.
Receive a 10% Bonus When You Transfer ThankYou Points to Etihad Guest for a Limited Time
From now through July 5, 2017, you can receive a 10% bonus when you transfer Citi ThankYou points to Etihad’s Guest program.
The American Express Platinum card has some of the best perks out there: cardholders enjoy the best domestic lounge access (Delta SkyClubs, Centurion Lounges, and Priority Pass), a $200 annual airline fee credit as well as up to $200 in Uber credits, and mid-tier elite status at SPG, Marriott, and Hilton. Combined with the 60,000 point welcome offer -- worth $1,140 based on TPG's valuations -- this card is a no-brainer for frequent travelers. Here are 5 reasons you should consider this card, as well as how you can figure out if the $550 annual fee makes sense for you.
- Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
- Enjoy Uber VIP status and free rides in the U.S. up to $15 each month, plus a bonus $20 in December. That can be up to $200 in annual Uber savings.
- 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
- 5X Membership Rewards points on prepaid hotels booked on amextravel.com.
- Enjoy access to the Global Lounge Collection, the only credit card airport lounge access program that includes proprietary lounge locations around the world.
- Receive complimentary benefits with an average total value of $550 with Fine Hotels & Resorts. Learn More.
- $200 Airline Fee Credit, up to $200 per calendar year in baggage fees and more at one qualifying airline.
- Get up to $100 in statement credits annually for purchases at Saks Fifth Avenue on your Platinum Card®. Enrollment required.
- $550 annual fee.
- Terms Apply.
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