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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.
Last year, Uber was the victim of a cyber attack that stole the personal information of 57 million users. The rideshare giant reportedly tried to cover up the hack and now it’s facing questions pertaining to how and why users are just now finding out their private information was at risk.
In addition to Delta bringing its premium lie-flat business class product to a bunch of domestic routes, the airline also announced that beginning in April, 2018, Medallion members will be eligible to score complimentary upgrades to the Delta One cabin on domestic flights.
Earlier this week, Lufthansa released renderings of its new business-class product that will be introduced on its upcoming Boeing 777-9 (777X). The new product looks like it’ll provide tons of privacy for passengers — we’re especially excited for those “throne” seats in the middle.
A new letter has been uncovered that provides insight into the only unsolved airline highjacking in the US. In 1971, D.B. Cooper highjacked a flight between Portland (PDX) and Seattle (SEA) — this newly revealed letter could prove that the FBI covered up the case.
As the end of 2017 approaches, you might find yourself scrambling to qualify for elite status for 2018. American Airlines has made it simple for qualifying members by adding a variety of strategies you can employ to get the miles you need in time.
TPG‘s new column, Jetiquette, answers all the dos and don’ts of airline travel. This week, we explored the hot topic of swapping seats on a plane.
United is not known for its speedy in-flight Wi-Fi. But frequent flyers rejoice — the airline sent an email to its customers letting them know that starting in 2018, the Wi-Fi connection should be vastly improved.
It’s no secret that Qatar Airlines’ Qsuite leads the pack when it comes to business-class products. Soon, US-based flyers will have more chances to experience the Qsuites when it launches the product on its Washington, DC (IAD) to Doha (DOH) in 2018.
On November 20, Air China, the only non-North Korean airline to offer service into the hermit kingdom, ended its service from Beijing (PEK) to Pyongyang (FNJ).
Getting approved for Global Entry just got a little easier. The Customs and Border Protection Agency added its “Enrollment on Arrival” service to 16 airports around the country which allows travelers to complete their Global Entry enrollment interview when arriving at a participating airport after an international trip.
In other news…
Earn TrueBlue Points with Amazon on Cyber Monday
This weekend, JetBlue customers can earn TrueBlue points by shopping with the “Points for Prime” promotion. From November 24-27, users who sign up for an annual Amazon Prime membership are eligible to earn 3,000 TrueBlue points. Additionally, customers will earn 3x TrueBlue points on eligible Amazon items.
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Aside from the 75,000 points welcome bonus, Amex recently made huge improvements to the Business Platinum Card, including the fact that you will now earn 50% more points on purchases of $5,000 or more, earn 5x on flights and eligible hotels at Amextravel.com and cardholders will receive a $200 airline fee credit each year.
- Welcome Offer: Earn up to 75,000 Membership Rewards® points.
- Earn 50,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $10,000 and an extra 25,000 points after you spend an additional $10,000 all on qualifying purchases within your first 3 months of Card Membership.
- Get 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights and prepaid hotels on amextravel.com.
- Get 50% more Membership Rewards® points. That's 1.5 points per dollar, on each eligible purchase of $5,000 or more. You can get up to 1 million additional points per year.
- 35% Airline Bonus: Use Membership Rewards® Pay with Points for all or part of a flight with your selected qualifying airline, and you can get 35% of the points back, up to 500,000 bonus points per calendar year.
- Enroll to get up to $200 in statement credits annually by getting up to $100 semi-annually for U.S. purchases with Dell. Terms apply.
- Get one year of Platinum Global Access from WeWork. With this membership, you can access 300+ premium, inspiring workspaces in 75+ cities. To get this exclusive offer, enroll between 2/15/2019 and 12/31/2019.
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