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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.

Earlier this week, San Juan, Puerto Rico, was in the direct path of Hurricane Irma and as a result, many routes were diverted away from the airport. However, one Delta flight flew right into the storm and out again. Read all about its daring trip here.

United Launching Nonstop Dreamliner Flights From Houston to Sydney

United shared this week that it’s going to be launching nonstop flights between its hub in Houston (IAH) and Sydney, Australia (SYD). The almost-8,600 mile flight will be operated by the airline’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner and will begin on January 18, 2018.

Delta’s Final Domestic 747 Flight Was One Big Party for Medallions

Join TPG Editor-at-Large Zach Honig on board Delta’s last scheduled domestic 747 flight from Los Angeles (LAX) to Detroit (DTW).

Register for the Latest SPG and Marriott Promotions — Free Nights and Bonus Points

Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest are each offering members a new promotion with the chance to earn either free nights or bonus points. Be sure to register now if you have upcoming stays with either chain.

Air Berlin to Cancel All Long-Haul Flights From Berlin

The situation is deteriorating rapidly at bankrupt German carrier Air Berlin. We reported that the airline would scrap some of its international routes to and from Berlin’s Tegel Airport (TXL), but this time next month, all long-haul service will come to a halt.

Last Chance: Citi Prestige 75k Sign-Up Bonus Ending Soon

Since late-July, the Citi Prestige Card’s been offering an elevated sign-up bonus of 75,000 ThankYou points, but it’s going to expire soon. If you’re interested, now is the time to apply.

Hong Kong Airlines Launching A350 Flights to New York and San Francisco

We already knew Hong Kong Airlines would be launching nonstop service from HKG to Los Angeles (LAX), but we learned this week that the airline will also soon be flying to New York and San Francisco, in addition to London.

Want to Buy Alitalia? Hurry: The Pilots Are Running Away

Italy’s perennially struggling flag carrier has another problem to worry about. As the carrier continues to hang on for dear life, it’s also reportedly hemorrhaging pilots.

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Virgin Atlantic Becomes the First European Airline to Feature Wi-Fi on All Aircraft

This week, London-based Virgin Atlantic became the first European airline to feature Wi-Fi throughout its entire fleet.

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Department of Transportation Grants Kenya Airways Permission to Fly to the US

It’s long been rumored that Kenya Airways wanted to launch nonstop flights between its base in Nairobi (NBO) and New York (JFK). That dream got one step closer to reality this week as the DOT granted the airline permission to fly to the US. Whether the route gets off the ground or not still remains to be seen.

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