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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.

Emirates Hit a Home Run With This Incredible New First-Class Suite

TPG Editor-at-Large Zach Honig got to check out Emirates’ new first-class suite on the Boeing 777-300ER. Let’s just say that he’s a fan.

Meet The Man Who’s Earned 1.2 Million United Miles by Renting Cars

Since April, JJ Todd has rented over 200 cars and racked up nearly 1.2 million United miles in the process.

Google Flights Gets a New Look, Adds Functionality

Google Flights has been the go-to tool for frequent flyers. Now, Google has made it even easier to use — check out the updated interface here.

Chase Adds Aer Lingus and Iberia as Ultimate Rewards Transfer Partners

Chase added two new airlines to its list of transfer partners — Aer Lingus and Iberia. You can transfer UR points to the new partners at a 1:1 ratio. With the addition of the two new airlines, Chase cardholders have the option to transfer to nine airline partners and four hotel partners.

Emirates’ Fancy New Business Class Still Has Middle Seats

While Emirates’ new first class-suites are truly fantastic, the updated business-class seats need some updating — especially because they remain in a 2-3-2 configuration on the 777.

Sultry Southwest Flight Attendant Is the Hero Commercial Aviation Needs

Not all heroes wear capes. On a recent Southwest flight, a flight attendant spiced up the pre-flight safety presentation with a …provocative… dance. Check out the full video here.

Avis Promo Offers $9.99 One-Way Rentals Between Airport and City

Before rideshare programs like Uber began, rental cars were the norm when landing at your destination. In a push to make car rental companies relevant again, Avis is offering an amazing promotion for rentals between the airport and your destination city at prices that are pretty great.

The TPG Shop Is Now Open — Up Your Travel Cred.

We’ve been working on a TPG merch line for several months and this week it finally launched. You’ll find a link to the Shop at the top of the homepage and directly at

In other news…

An airplane of Gulf Air sits at the tarmac after landing at Sanaa International Airport on September 24, 2014. AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED HUWAIS (Photo credit should read MOHAMMED HUWAIS/AFP/Getty Images)
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American Loses Another Partner in Gulf Air

In the wake of American Airlines losing several of its mileage partners, the airline recently announced that its 11-year relationship with Gulf Air is coming to an end in April 2018.

Chase Launches Similar Product to Amex Offers

Following the lead of American Express, Chase has added “Chase Offers,” which are limited time promotions that can save you some serious cash, or will reward you with sizable sums of bonus points. The catch here, though, is that it’s limited to just two Chase products currently.

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Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Chase Sapphire Preferred named "Best Credit Card for Flexible Travel Redemption" - Kiplinger's Personal Finance, June 2018
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
  • No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards
Intro APR on Purchases
Regular APR
18.24% - 25.24% Variable
Annual Fee
$0 Intro for the First Year, then $95
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit

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