Changes to Marriott Rewards and SPG in 2018, Bali Volcano Erupts, AA’s Holiday Crisis and More

Dec 2, 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.

Minor Changes Coming to Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest in 2018

While Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest will continue to run independently through 2018, there will be a few minor and mostly positive changes to both programs including the ability for SPG members being able to earn points for Hertz rentals, and never-expiring Starpoints for SPG members with lifetime status.

59,000 Passengers Stranded in Bali as Volcanic Eruption Cancels 445 Flights

After Mount Agung erupted last week in Bali, 59,000 passengers were stranded on the resort island after the volcano spewed ash over 30,000 feet in the air and cancelled all flights coming into and out of Denpasar Airport (DPS).

American Airlines Facing Severe Pilot Shortage in December

American Airlines, the world’s largest airline, is scrambling to find enough pilots during the upcoming holiday season after a bug in their scheduling system allowed too many pilots to request time off.

LEVEL Launches New Routes, With Fares From $148 Between New York and Paris

LEVEL, a low-cost airline that launched in June 2017, has announced new international flights at amazing prices.

Airbnb Now Allows Group Travelers to Split Costs of Rentals

Airbnb unveiled a new feature this week that lets group travelers split the cost of renting an Airbnb, alleviating the financial burden on one person.

Flight Review: Korean Air (Boeing 747-8) Business Class From Honolulu to Seoul

TPG Editor-at-Large Zach Honig recently flew business class on Korean Air’s Boeing 747-8 from Honolulu (HNL) to Seoul (ICN). Check out the full review here.

18 Amazing Places to Travel in 2018

With 2017 coming to a close, we at TPG are already thinking about where we want to go in 2018. Take a look at the top destinations for the new year.

A First Look Inside American Airlines’ Boeing 737 MAX 8

American Airlines is the most recent airline to purchase the new Boeing 737 MAX 8 and while it’s a treat for AvGeeks, passengers might be less-than-pleased at how many people the airline has managed to cram into the aircraft.

In other news…

An Airbus A320 wearing the color of Joon, the new airline subsidiary of Air France is parked at the tarmac of the Air France Industries maintenance buildings in Roissy, on November 30, 2017, on the eve of the company's first commercial flights. / AFP PHOTO / ERIC PIERMONT (Photo credit should read ERIC PIERMONT/AFP/Getty Images)
Image by ERIC PIERMONT/AFP via Getty Images.


Joon Announces More Flights

Joon, a subsidiary of Air France targeted at milleninals, announced more short and long-haul flights one day ahead of its inaugural flight on December 1 out of Paris (CDG). The airline added Rome, Naples, Oslo and Istanbul to its route map, with the flights slated to begin in late-March 2018.

FlyingBlue Promo Awards for December Now Bookable

Air France/KLM’s FlyingBlue program has released this month’s promo awards, through which you can score some discounts on award flights within the carrier’s networks. The deal is fairly mediocre, though you should be able to score a 25% discount on business-class awards from New York (JFK) to Paris (ORY).

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