The “Ghost Ship,” Delta’s First A350 Lands in the US, a New Premium Travel Rewards Card and More

Aug 12, 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.

Cruise Ship Goes Dark for 10 Nights to Avoid Pirate Attack

When you think of luxury cruising, having to avoid pirates isn’t often at the top of your mind. However, one ship sailing from Sydney, Australia to Dubai, UAE had to become a “ghost ship” for 10 nights in order to avoid a potential attack from pirates.

Check Out Photos of Delta’s First A350 Arriving in Atlanta

Delta’s first brand-new A350-900 aircraft arrived in the US for the first time early this week. The aircraft received a overnight water-cannon salute as it rolled to a stop at the gate in the early hours of the morning.

Bank of America Launching New Premium Rewards Card With Tiered Rewards

It’s long been rumored that Bank of America was going to get in on the premium travel rewards credit card game, and this week those rumors were confirmed. Read all we know about the new card here.

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The Top Travel Rewards Credit Cards

Find out which cards made this month’s list of the top travel rewards credit cards.

The Best Websites for Searching SkyTeam Award Availability

Understanding how to earn and collect miles across partner airlines can be difficult if you’re new to the points and miles hobby. You need to learn the basics of these relationships and understand the process of booking partner award flights, which starts with finding award seat availability. Learn all the tips and tricks for finding availability within SkyTeam, the third major, global airline alliance.

Everything You Need to Know About Qatar Airways Privilege Club and Qmiles

Here’s everything you need to know about the Qatar Airways frequent flyer program Privilege Club and its loyalty currency, Qmiles.

Hong Kong Airlines Launching Nonstop A350 Service to LAX

Hong Kong Airlines will soon begin flights to Los Angeles (LAX) using its Airbus A350 aircraft. The airline already flies to North America via Vancouver (YVR), but this will be its first flight to the US.

In other news…

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Earn 7,500 Bonus Wyndham Points When You Pay for Your Stay With Masterpass

If you have a stay with Wyndham between now and October 31, 2017, you can earn 7,500 bonus points on each stay (maximum of two) when you pay with Masterpass.

Intra-Europe lie-flat business class seats from an unexpected source. Image courtesy of Ethiopian Airlines.
Image courtesy of Ethiopian Airlines.

Ethiopian Airlines to Retrofit 767s With Lie-Flat Seating in Biz

Ethiopian Airlines is refurbishing its remaining Boeing 767-300s with its lie-flat business-class product known as Cloud Nine. The hard product will be a slightly updated version of the seat it uses on its Boeing 787s (pictured above). Ethiopian’s 763s fly mainly on intra-Africa routes, to India and to select Middle Eastern destinations such as Beirut (BEY).

Featured image courtesy of Delta News Hub via Flickr.

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