Over a Million Miles Flown on United, Another Major Airline Declares Bankruptcy, A Visit to Guam and More

Aug 19, 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.

Why (and How) I Flew 1,000,000 Miles With United

TPG’s own Zach Honig recently became a member of the million miler club with United Airlines. Read all about why — and how — he has flown more than one million miles with the carrier over the years.

Air Berlin, Germany’s Second-Largest Airline, Goes Bankrupt

This week, we learned Germany’s second-largest carrier, Air Berlin, filed for bankruptcy. After struggling financially for years, it now joins Alitalia as another major carrier that’s entered bankruptcy over the last few months.

I Visited Guam During the Nuclear Standoff and Loved Every Minute of It

TPG Editor-in-Chief Zach Honig recently spent a few days in Guam, the often-overlooked US territory west of Hawaii that just so happens to be in the middle of a geopolitical crisis. On the bright side, he had a fantastic time vacationing there — find out why he fell in love with the island, its culture and its people.

Citi’s Now Issuing Metal American AAdvantage Executive Cards

Yet another credit card is getting a metallic makeover — this time it’s American Airlines’ co-branded Citi / AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard. Though the design is very similar, you’ll definitely notice a change in the weight of your wallet.

American Airlines Adds Several New European Routes for Next Summer

American Airlines shared this week that it’ll be adding three new routes to Europe just in time for the continent’s peak summer travel season. Starting May 4, 2018, you’ll be able to fly nonstop between Philadelphia (PHL), Budapest (BUD) and Prague (PRG) as well as from Chicago (ORD) to Venice, Italy (VCE).

Everything You Need to Know About Avianca Lifemiles

Consider this your go-to guide to Aviana’s Lifemiles program, one that’s often overlooked but can provide some very interesting redemption options.


Flight Review: AeroMexico (737-800) Economy From New York to Cancun

I recently had the chance to check out AeroMexico’s extra-legroom economy product on a nonstop flight between New York (JFK) and Cancun (CUN) — and I loved it. See how the airline exceeded my expectations.

How to Make the Most of Your Citi Points When Flying Coach

If you’re planning to redeem Citi ThankYou points for economy flights anytime soon, read through these tips first.

New York Will Get Delta’s First Bombardier CS100 Jet

Last April, Delta placed an order for 75 Bombardier CS100 aircraft. With the delivery of the first twin-engine, Canadian-made airplane set for the spring of 2018, the Atlanta-based carrier has signaled its intention to base the new jets out of its hubs in New York and Los Angeles, with the first revenue flight operating from New York.

In other news…

Uber Suspends its Services in the Philippines

Rideshare giant Uber has stopped its services in the Philippines after the country’s regulatory body banned it from operating for one month.

Featured image courtesy of Zach Honig.

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