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Latest on Hurricane Maria, Best Elite Status, United's 747 Farewell and More

Sept. 23, 2017
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Latest on Hurricane Maria, Best Elite Status, United's 747 Farewell and More
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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.

Picture of the empty counters at the airport of Punta Cana, in the Dominican Republic, where flights have been suspended or cancelled as Hurricane Maria approaches on September 20, 2017. Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico on Wednesday, cutting power on most of the US territory as terrified residents hunkered down in the face of the island's worst storm in living memory. The US and British Virgin Islands -- still struggling to recover from the devastation of Irma -- are also on alert, along with the Turks and Caicos Islands and parts of the Dominican Republic. / AFP PHOTO / Erika SANTELICES (Photo credit should read ERIKA SANTELICES/AFP/Getty Images)

Hurricane Maria: How to Make Sure Canceled Flights Don't Cost You Money

Hurricane Maria swept through several Caribbean islands this week, leaving devastation in its wake and making it hard to fly to the region. Here's how to make sure any flight you've had to cancel because of the storm doesn't end up costing you money.

The Best Airline Elite Status Programs in the US

If you're a frequent traveler, elite status is a topic that most likely crosses your mind often — but it's hard to know which airline's program will work best for you. Check out TPG's comprehensive study to see which carrier provides the best elite status program for its flyers.

United Confirms Final Domestic and International 747 Flights

Though the carrier has already operated a "final" domestic 747 flight, United recently confirmed when the last 747 flight will be — for real this time. The flight from San Francisco (SFO) to Honolulu (HNL) will take place on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. Unfortunately, tickets are completely sold out now, but TPG will be on board documenting everything, so stay tuned.

The Best Ways to Book Lufthansa First Class

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When you fly in Lufthansa first class — regardless of the equipment — you’re going to get a consistent, luxurious experience. Find out all the best ways to book this ticket so you too can try out one of the best products in the air today.

American Express to Expand Dallas Centurion Lounge to Combat Overcrowding

Amex Centurion Lounges are some of the best places to kill time before you fly, however their popularity has also led to problems with overcrowding. Now, Amex is expanding its lounge at Dallas (DFW) in hopes of alleviating some of the crowds at that particular location.

Check out Austrian Airlines' New Premium Economy Seat

TPG Editor-at-Large Zach Honig got an exclusive peek at Austrian Airlines' new premium economy product this week at the Star Alliance MegaDo. While it looks great, its introduction also means a decrease in business-class seats and likely less award availability as a result.

MegaDo Day 1: Flying a Bankrupt Airline From New York to Rome

Every wonder what it's like to fly on a bankrupt airline? In the case of Alitalia, it wasn't half bad. Read about the entire experience here.

Amex Adds Lufthansa Lounge Access for Platinum and Centurion Cardmembers

American Express recently added access to four Lufthansa Lounges in Munich (MUC) for Amex Platinum cardholders — if you have the Centurion Card, you'll be able to access the airline's fantastic First Class Lounge at the airport as well.

In other news...

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You Can Now Use Hilton Honors Points for Amazon Purchases

Though the program was announced several months ago, Hilton and Amazon launched "Shop With Points" this week, allowing Hilton Honors members to redeem points to pay for Amazon purchases. Unsurprisingly, you won't be getting a good value from your points if you choose to use them this way.

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