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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.

Post-Electronics Ban: What to Expect Before Boarding a Flight to the US

The status of the electronics ban has been changing at a rapid pace over the last few weeks. Stay up-to-date and learn what you need to know if you’re flying back to the US from an affected airport on one of the Middle Eastern or African carriers included in the original ban.

Air Canada Jet Avoids Disaster at San Francisco International Airport

An Air Canada jet was involved in an incident which aviation experts claim could have been the “greatest aviation disaster in history” late last Friday at San Francisco International Airport (SFO). Find out exactly what happened, and how, thankfully, a catastrophe was avoided.

Qatar Airways Is Planning to Create a Major Hub in Oman

As Qatar continues to deal with the implications of being blockaded by its neighbors in the region, Qatar Airways is assessing how it can best maintain profitability during uncertain times. According to sources familiar with the matter, the carrier is planning to establish a second hub in neighboring Oman — read the details of the plan here.

AAdvantage Parting Ways With Another Partner: Jet Airways

This week we learned that American Airlines will be ending its relationship with one of its current partners — India’s Jet Airways. This doesn’t come as much of a surprise, though, as Jet and AA rival Delta have gotten much closer recently.

Flight Review: Air Canada (777-300ER) Business Class From London to Toronto

TPG Editor-in-Chief Zach Honig recently had the chance to fly in business class aboard Air Canada’s 777-300ER from London (LHR) to Toronto (YYZ). See how this product stacks up to the competition.

Choosing the Best Citi Card for American Airlines Flyers

No matter your reason for choosing to bank miles with the AAdvantage program, holding one or more of the airline’s co-branded Citi credit cards can help you earn your next award flight on AA metal or that of its Oneworld partners. Find out which product makes the most sense for you.

United’s Next Polaris Lounge Will Open in 2018

United’s been working to roll out its new Polaris product both on board its planes and at the airport. As it stands now, Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (ORD) is the only location that has the airline’s high-caliber Polaris Lounge. Though the carrier has plans to expand these lounges to other locations, we learned this week that the next one won’t be opening until “early 2018.”

American Airlines to End Codeshare With Etihad and Qatar

American Airlines said this week that it’s going to end its codeshare agreements with both Etihad and Qatar. Though this won’t have a huge effect on travelers, the move is certainly symbolic of the ongoing feud between major US and Middle Eastern carriers.

In other news…

Image courtesy of Emirates Airline.
Image courtesy of Emirates Airline.

Emirates Opens Lounge in Boston (BOS)

Dubai-based Emirates has opened its fourth lounge in the US in Boston (BOS). The carrier also has lounges in Los Angeles (LAX), New York (JFK) and San Francisco (SFO).

Featured image courtesy of Zach Honig.

The Platinum Card® from American Express

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.

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  • 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.
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