Inside Delta’s A350, Air Berlin Goes Out In Style, A New Cashback Card and More

Oct 21, 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.

Touring Delta One, Premium Select and Coach on Delta’s First Airbus A350

Step on board Delta’s brand-new Airbus A350 to get an exclusive inside look at the carrier’s new Delta One Suite, Premium Select and economy cabins.


Air Berlin Pilots Suspended for Buzzing the Control Tower

The pilots of the Air Berlin’s last transatlantic flight pulled a sharp left turn just before landing, flying next to the air traffic control tower. This week, the airline announced that it would be suspending both pilots after the stunt.

Capital One Launches Savor Card With 3% Cash Back on Dining

The Capital One Savor Card Cash Rewards Credit Card is an appealing option for foodies who want to score a bigger return on dining out and grocery purchases. The information for the Capital One Savor Cash Rewards Credit Card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Delta Announces First Transatlantic Route for the Airbus A350

Before this week, Delta had only shared plans to fly its new A350 to destinations in Asia. Now, in addition to Tokyo, Beijing and Seoul, Delta’s flagship plane will begin flying to Amsterdam (AMS) next year.

Qantas to Replace 747 With 787-9 for Flights to Los Angeles, New York

Qantas is following the lead of Delta and United and will start phasing out its 747s. The airline hopes to replace the Queen of the Skies with its new 787-9 Dreamliners on its flights to LAX and JFK.

Inside El Al’s New 787 Dreamliner On Its Debut from Newark

TPG Associate Editor Emily McNutt had the chance to tour (and fly) El Al’s new Boeing 787 Dreamliner this week. Will the new aircraft help Israel’s flag carrier become competitive again?

Flight Review: The First Commercial Flight to Remote Saint Helena

Read TPG contributor Richard Kerr’s full review of the very first commercial flight to the remote island of Saint Helena in the middle of the South Atlantic.
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Another Federal Judge Blocks President Trump’s Latest Travel Ban

One day before the latest iteration of the Trump administration’s travel ban was to take effect, a federal judge in Maryland granted an injunction blocking it, saying it was clearly targeted toward Muslims.

In other news…


Airberlin Leaving Oneworld Alliance as of October 28

Airberlin will no longer be participating in the Oneworld alliance once they close business on October 27. The withdrawal means that a dozen destinations will be leaving the alliance’s global network.

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