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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

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.”

American Express® Gold Card

With some great bonus categories, the American Express Gold Card has a lot going for it. The card offers 4x points at US restaurants, at US supermarkets (up to $25,000; then 1x), and 3x points on flights booked directly with airlines or through amextravel.com. It is currently offering a welcome bonus of 35,000 bonus points after you spend $2,000 in the first three months.

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  • Earn 35,000 Membership Rewards® Points after you spend $2,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 3 months.
  • Earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. restaurants. Earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per year in purchases, then 1X).
  • Earn 3X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or on amextravel.com.
  • Earn up to $10 in statement credits monthly when you pay with The Gold Card at Grubhub, Seamless, The Cheesecake Factory, Shake Shack, and Ruth's Chris Steak House. This is an annual savings of up to $120. Enrollment required.
  • $100 Airline Fee Credit: up to $100 in statement credits per calendar year for incidental fees at one selected qualifying airline.
  • Choose to carry a balance with interest on eligible charges of $100 or more.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • Annual Fee is $250.
  • Terms apply.
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