Travel Ban 2.0, United Devaluation, New Routes for June and More

Jul 1, 2017

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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 to Know About the Revised Travel Ban That Takes Effect Today

President Trump’s revised travel ban went into effect Thursday evening (June 29). Make sure you’re up to speed on the latest information if you’re traveling to or from the United States any time soon.

United Details MileagePlus Changes, Premium Award Devaluation

United shared some unfortunate news this week — it’s going to devalue the MileagePlus program beginning November 1. Familiarize yourself with all the impending changes so you’re not caught by surprise when it happens.

Exciting New Airline Routes for June 2017 and Beyond

From a whole bunch of new Southwest routes to even more European flights on Norwegian, here are the most exciting airline routes that were launched or announced in June.

House Bill Would Allow Airlines to Deceptively Advertise Fares

Next Tuesday, a committee will vote on a new piece of House legislation that would overturn a current DoT requirement that says airlines must disclose taxes within the advertised price of a ticket.

2017 Wallet Inventory: Editor-in-Chief Zach Honig Explains His 40+ Credit Cards

This week, it was TPG Editor-in-Chief Zach Honig’s turn to open up his wallet. Read on to get the lowdown on why (and how) he has so many cards in his portfolio.

US Unveils New Security Requirements to Limit Electronics Ban Expansion

This week, the DHS announced that it’s unveiled enhanced security measures that will prevent the agency from expanding the electronics ban any further. European officials also followed suit with the same announcement and advanced security measures, and both US and European officials said that the new protocol will be implemented within the next three weeks.

In other news…

Image of George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Houston Airports Adding Technology to Help Passengers Navigate Terminals

Houston Airport System shared this week that it’s launching a wayfinding program to help passengers get around terminals at George Bush Intercontinental (IAH) and William P. Hobby (HOU) airports. The best part is that passengers don’t have to download a separate app to use the feature.

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Register for Club Carlson’s Summer Promotion

Club Carlson is running a new promotion for summer, called “Free Fridays.” After you register, you’ll be able to earn up to three free Friday nights or up to 30,000 Bonus Gold points, depending on what you choose at registration. In order to be eligible, you must stay between July 1 and September 30, 2017.

Alaska introduces the Seattle Mariners 40th anniversary plane. (PRNewsfoto/Alaska Airlines)
Image courtesy of Alaska Airlines.

Alaska Celebrates the Seattle Mariners’ 40th Anniversary With Special Livery

Check out Alaska’s special commemorative livery on one of the its Boeing 737-800 aircraft to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Seattle Mariners baseball club. Alaska has long been a partner of the team that represents its home city.

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Citi Launches Customized Spend Summary Within Its Mobile App

Citi has rolled out a change to its mobile app in which cardholders can view a summary of what they’ve been spending within a specific date range. This update makes Citi the only major issuer to offer this functionality in a mobile app.

Featured image of Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman courtesy of Getty Images.

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With Status Boost™, earn 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, up to two times per year getting you closer to Medallion Status. Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels, 2X Miles at restaurants and at U.S. supermarkets and earn 1X Mile on all other eligible purchases. Terms Apply.

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  • Limited Time Offer: Earn 90,000 Bonus Miles and 10,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. Offer expires 11/10/2021.
  • Earn up to 20,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) with Status Boost® per year. After you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, you can earn 10,000 MQMs two times per year, getting you closer to Medallion® Status. MQMs are used to determine Medallion® Status and are different than miles you earn toward flights.
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