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Sailing Through the Bomb Cyclone, AA's Secret Passenger-Scoring System, JFK's Disastrous Week and More

Jan. 13, 2018
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Sailing Through the Bomb Cyclone, AA's Secret Passenger-Scoring System, JFK's Disastrous Week and More
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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.

Passengers Describe Nightmare as Norwegian Cruise Ship Sailed Into Bomb Cyclone

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The Norwegian Breakaway, a cruise ship returning to New York after a cruise to the Bahamas, ended up sailing directly into the Bomb Cyclone on Tuesday night. Passengers took to social media to describe the nightmare scenario that unfolded on board.

American Airlines' Secret Passenger Scoring System Revealed

The world's largest airline has a secret scoring system that "ranks" passengers, but the airline won't go on the record about it.

Why Did New York's JFK Airport Struggle to Cope With Its Flight Backlog After the Bomb Cyclone?

The Bomb Cyclone that hit much of the East Coast over the weekend caught airlines and airports alike off guard and caused massive delays and cancellations. New York's Kennedy airport (JFK) ended up closing completely on Thursday, which left well over 1,000 flights cancelled.

People Prefer the Right Side of the Plane, Study Finds

A study found that most passengers prefer the right side of the plane — a surprise to researches who long assumed that passengers would prefer the left due to a phenomenon called pseudoneglect.

Southwest to Pay $15 Million in Price-Fixing Lawsuit

Southwest was ordered by a judge to pay out $15 million to passengers who claimed the airline and its competitors illegally teamed up to to keep airfares high.

Hilton Honors Details Program Changes for 2018

Hilton Honors has made some changes to the program for 2018. Take a look at the specifics of the changes, most of which are generally positive.

Here's How to Register for the 2018 SPG Status Challenge

Register now for SPG's 2018 status challenge to reach either the Gold or Platinum level this year.

Delta Adds Spending Requirement to Status Match Challenge

This week, Delta added a new MQD spending requirement for its status match challenge — find out how much you'll have to spend to complete each challenge.

Virgin America No Longer Exists

This week, Virgin America flew its last flight as its own airline. Its former callsign, "Redwood," has been retired and all flights on planes with a VX livery will have the callsign "Alaska."

San Francisco Bar Launches Aviation-Themed Cocktail Menu

Trick Dog, a bar in San Francisco that has a rotating theme that changes every six months, just unrelieved its newest theme — aviation. Get an inside look at the space and what exactly goes into making cocktails such as the "Red Eye" or the "Charles de Gaulle."

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  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
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Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
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3XEarn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
3XEarn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
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  • Intro Offer
    For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening

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Why We Chose It

The Citi Premier’s 3 points per dollar spent across a wide range of popular categories is one of the more lucrative offerings in the world of points and miles. The Citi Premier comes with a $95 annual fee and is currently offering a solid sign up bonus of 80,000 points after you spend $4,000 on purchases within the first three months. It also has some valuable transfer partners to make the most of your rewards. Add in access to Citi Entertainment plus a $100 hotel credit for any single-stay hotel booking that exceeds $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through the Citi travel website, there are few reasons why the Citi Premier should not be in every traveler’s wallet.

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  • $100 annual hotel savings benefit (on single hotel stay bookings of $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through thankyou.com)
  • Points transfer to 16 airline programs, from JetBlue to Virgin Atlantic.
  • World Elite Mastercard benefits, extended warranty, damage and theft protection.

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  • $95 annual fee
  • Lacks travel protections that other travel rewards cards come with
  • For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
  • Earn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Annual Hotel Savings Benefit
  • 80,000 Points are redeemable for $800 in gift cards when redeemed at thankyou.com
  • No expiration and no limit to the amount of points you can earn with this card
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases