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Delta's Daring Flight Through Hurricane Irma, Another Ultra Long Haul United Flight, A Final Domestic 747 Run and More

Sept. 09, 2017
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Delta's Daring Flight Through Hurricane Irma, Another Ultra Long Haul United Flight, A Final Domestic 747 Run 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.

Delta Flight Weaves Through Irma for the Last Flight From San Juan

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).

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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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If you are looking to take your premium rewards to the highest level, this card is really a no brainer in our eyes. Chase's Ultimate Rewards make points easy to redeem, with a wide range of 10 airline and three hotel transfer partners and a friendly user interface. Despite the high annual fee, Chase is consistently adding new benefits to keep the card competitive in a fierce premium rewards field.

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  • Unlimited 3x points on the broad category of travel and dining
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  • Broad definitions for travel and dining bonus categories

Cons

  • Steep $550 annual fee
  • May not make sense for people that don't travel frequently
  • You must spend the $300 travel credit before earning 3x points for travel and dining
  • No automatic hotel elite status
  • Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,200 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • $300 Annual Travel Credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year.
  • Earn 5x total points on flights and 10x total points on hotels and car rentals when you purchase travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards® immediately after the first $300 is spent on travel purchases annually. Earn 3x points on other travel and dining & 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Get 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,200 toward travel
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Access to 1,300+ airport lounges worldwide after an easy, one-time enrollment in Priority Pass™ Select and up to $100 application fee credit every four years for Global Entry, NEXUS, or TSA PreCheck®
  • Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more