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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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, 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…
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.
The American Express Platinum card has some of the best perks out there: cardholders enjoy the best domestic lounge access (Delta SkyClubs, Centurion Lounges, and Priority Pass), a $200 annual airline fee credit as well as up to $200 in Uber credits, and mid-tier elite status at SPG, Marriott, and Hilton. Combined with the 60,000 point welcome offer -- worth $1,140 based on TPG's valuations -- this card is a no-brainer for frequent travelers. Here are 5 reasons you should consider this card, as well as how you can figure out if the $550 annual fee makes sense for you.
- Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
- Up to $200 for Uber rides annually. Credit and Uber VIP status available to Basic Card Member only.
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- 5X Membership Rewards® points on eligible hotels booked on amextravel.com.
- As a Platinum Card Member, you can enjoy access to the Global Lounge Collection, the only credit card airport lounge access program that includes proprietary lounge locations around the world.
- Receive complimentary benefits with an average total value of $550 with Fine Hotels & Resorts. Learn More.
- $200 Airline Fee Credit, up to $200 per calendar year in baggage fees and more at one qualifying airline.
- Terms Apply.
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