Final Goodbye to United’s 747, The State of Caribbean Tourism, WOW Expands Again and More

Nov 11, 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.

What It Was Like to Sit in the Nose on United’s Final 747 Flight

TPG Editor-at-Large Zach Honig managed to snag the coveted seat 1A on for United’s final 747 flight from San Francisco (SFO) to Honolulu (HNL). Passengers and the crew dressed the part for the final flight and partied like it was 1970 on board for the duration of the flight.

Why Can’t Every Flight be Like United’s 747 Farewell?

While Zach was up in 1A, TPG‘s Nick Ellis was also lucky to grab a seat (though in economy) on UA 747 from SFO to HNL. It was a far cry from your typical economy flight.

How Caribbean Tourism Is Doing After the Hurricanes

The Caribbean faced monumental damage in early September after Hurricanes Maria and Irma swept through the region. Find out how each country is doing after being devastated by floodwaters, high-speed winds and extreme power outages.

Here’s Your Last Chance to Fly Delta’s 747

United’s 747s are no longer flying, and now we know when Delta’s will be retired, too. This is your last chance to fly on the Queen on a US carrier, and you’re going to have to travel a long way from home to do so.

Citi Is Dropping Hilton as a Transfer Partner Later This Year

Earlier this year Hilton announced it was dropping Citi as a co-branded credit card partner and opted for a relationship with American Express exclusively. Now, Citi has shared that it will be dropping the Honors program as a transfer partner altogether.

WOW Air to Launch Service From Another New York Airport, With Fares From $99 One-Way

Over the course of this year, WOW Air has been aggressively expanding in the US, offering $99 one-way flights to Iceland and beyond. On Tuesday, the airline announced it’s adding New York’s JFK airport to its list of cities and added more flights out of Newark (EWR).

JetBlue Launches Mint Flights From Two East Coast Cities to Las Vegas

Earlier this week, JetBlue began flying Mint-equipped jets from New York (JFK) to Las Vegas (LAS). And beginning January 4, travelers will be able to fly the much-loved product between Boston (BOS) and LAS.

World Airways to Make a Comeback as a Low-Cost Carrier with 787s

World Airways, which began flying in the 1940s and ceased operations in 2014, is coming back after its acquisition by investment firm 777 Partners. It will be re-launched as a long-haul, low-cost carrier operating a fleet of modern Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

In other news…

Delta will fly its 767 between Atlanta and Lisbon.

Earn 1,000 Delta SkyMiles for Holiday Shopping 

This holiday season, take advantage of shopping portals in order to earn even more points and miles. Delta currently has an offer that gives shoppers up to 1,000 bonus SkyMiles after spending $300. 

Qatar Airlines Extends Free Doha Hotel Stopover Program Through April 2018

Qatar Airways rolled out a new program in May called +Qatar. This allows Qatar passengers to secure a 96-hour Qatari visa at no cost, plus one free night at a hotel. Now, the airline has extended this program through April 2018.

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