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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.”

The Platinum Card® from American Express

The American Express Platinum card has some of the best perks out there: cardholders enjoy the best domestic lounge access (Delta SkyClubs, Centurion Lounges, and Priority Pass), a $200 annual airline fee credit as well as up to $200 in Uber credits, and mid-tier elite status at SPG, Marriott, and Hilton. Combined with the 60,000 point welcome offer -- worth $1,140 based on TPG's valuations -- this card is a no-brainer for frequent travelers. Here are 5 reasons you should consider this card, as well as how you can figure out if the $550 annual fee makes sense for you.

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  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
  • Up to $200 for Uber rides annually. Credit and Uber VIP status available to Basic Card Member only.
  • 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
  • 5X Membership Rewards® points on eligible hotels booked on amextravel.com.
  • As a Platinum Card Member, you can enjoy access to the Global Lounge Collection, the only credit card airport lounge access program that includes proprietary lounge locations around the world.
  • Receive complimentary benefits with an average total value of $550 with Fine Hotels & Resorts. Learn More.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit, up to $200 per calendar year in baggage fees and more at one qualifying airline.
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