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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 sat down with NBC’s Megyn Kelly on the ‘Today Show’ to share his best tips for using your points and miles as well as saving as much cash as possible in the new year. Check out the full segment here.
A Tokyo-bound ANA flight turned around four hours after takeoff when the crew realized one of the passengers was on the wrong flight. Celeb couple Chrissy Teigen and John Legend were on board the flight and Teigen hilariously tweeted live updates the flight from LAX-LAX.
A woman claimed United bumped her from her first class seat so that a Congresswoman could sit there. The airline confirmed with TPG that the woman had cancelled her flight, either on purpose or by mistake, via the United app, before the Congresswoman sat in the seat in question.
Washington, DC residents have been turned away by TSA officers saying that their IDs are not valid. A DC Congresswoman penned an open letter to TSA alerting them that her city’s IDs are valid and they should not have any problems at security.
In the recent past, users of AA’s award program have had difficulty redeeming their miles for flights. Now, the airline is making more seats available, but there’s a catch.
The State Department is switching to a color-coded system to alert American travelers which places are safe to travel to beginning January 10, 2018. Countries will be categorized from Level 1 (safe to visit) to Level 4 (encouraging Americans to not visit).
There are a handful of US states that are not compliant with TSA’s REAL ID Act. In a recent announcement from a TSA spokesperson, states that were granted an extension to fully comply with the regulations can use IDs until October 11, 2018 while states that are already compliant can use their proper IDs until 2020.
In case you missed it, Alaska Airlines and American Airlines are breaking up. After 18 years together, the two formerly close partners are deciding to go their separate ways. While there’s nothing that you can do to save the relationship, there are three actions points/miles enthusiasts and airline elites should consider before the changes kick in on January 1, 2018.
Between October 1 through December 31, 2017, Chase gave holiday shoppers a gift: 5x at department stores and Walmart. Check out the other rewards Chase is offering before the year end.
In other news…
British Airways Eliminates AARP Discount for Premium Economy Tickets
One great perk that travelers should take advantage of if flying British Airways is the cash discount you’ll receive if you’re an AARP member. However, you’ll notice on the discount page that the discount no longer is valid for BA’s premium economy product.
With great travel benefits, 2x points on travel & dining and a 50,000 point sign up bonus, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great card for those looking to get into the points and miles game. Here are the top 5 reasons it should be in your wallet, or read our definitive review for more details.
- 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®
- 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
- Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening
- 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