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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
With great travel benefits, 2x points on travel & dining and a 50,000 point sign up bonus, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great card for those looking to get into the points and miles game. Here are the top 5 reasons it should be in your wallet, or read our definitive review for more details.
- Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
- 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
- Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening
- No foreign transaction fees
- 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
- Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
- No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards