Predictions for Credit Cards in 2018, Singapore’s New A380 Suites, an Exotic United Route and More

Dec 16, 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.

6 Predictions for Credit Cards in 2018

2017 was a big year for credit cardholders, and it’s possible that 2018 could be even better. Do you agree with these major predictions for 2018?

United Launching Nonstop Dreamliner Flights to Tahiti

Beginning October 30, 2018 United will begin nonstop service from San Francisco (SFO) to Papeete (PPT) in Tahiti. It will fly three times per week on a seasonal basis with its Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

Touring the Gigantic New Singapore A380 Suite at Airbus HQ

This week, TPG Editor-at-Large, Zach Honig was one of the first people to get on board Singapore Airlines’ newest A380. The new first class suites were nothing short of amazing — check them out here.

Cathay Launches Its New Longest Nonstop Route, Between Hong Kong and Washington

Hong Kong-based airline Cathay Pacific will add nonstop flights from Hong Kong (HKG) to Washington, DC (IAD), making this the only nonstop option between the two cities, as well as the airline’s longest nonstop route.

Lufthansa’s Miles & More Program to Go Revenue-Based in 2018

Beginning in March 2018, Lufthansa’s Miles & More program will be following in the footsteps of many other carriers worldwide and switching to a revenue-based system. Find out what the change means for you.

First Look Inside The New Qantas Lounge at London Heathrow Terminal 3

Get a first look inside Qantas’ brand-new lounge in T3 at London Heathrow airport (LHR). The lounge opening comes before the carrier’s highly-anticipated nonstop flight between LHR and Perth, Australia (PER), which will be the longest flight in the world once it begins.

First Look at Singapore Airlines’ Brand-New Business Class

In addition to its brand-new suites product, Singapore Airlines introduced a new business-class product on its new A380. Check out TPG Editor-at-Large Zach Honig’s full tour here.

Budget Airline Eurowings Unveils Lie-Flat Business Class

Eurowings, a low-cost subsidiary of Lufthansa, has unveiled a new lie-flat business-class product, which looks almost identical to LH’s current business product.

The Poll Results Are In: Readers Share Their Favorite Hotel Loyalty Program

On the heels of TPG‘s report of the best hotel loyalty programs, we wanted to give readers a chance to weigh in. Here are the full results of our poll. Which program is the best in your eyes?

Norwegian Expands With More Routes Between Europe and the US, With Fares Starting at $199 One-Way

Norwegian continues to expand its presence in the US and shared that it’s going to be adding more flights between the US and Europe from both New York (JFK) and Los Angeles (LAX).

In other news…

Google Introduces New Features to Help Travelers Plan Smarter

This week Google rolled out improvements to Google Flights, Trips and its hotel search to help travelers with planning getaways. The new features include flights price tips, hotel price tips, hotel price tracking and discount features in Google Trips.

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