The Plane No One Wants, More Basic Economy is on The Way, Save on United Awards and More

Feb 24, 2018

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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.

Airbus Is Building an Airplane No One Wants

Airbus, the company that’s sold more than 18,000 jets, is having trouble selling its latest product — the A330-800.

Air Canada Jumps on the Basic Economy Bandwagon, Too

Delta was the first airline to introduce Basic Economy in 2012, and since then, other airlines have been following suit. Air Canada is the most recent airline to introduce the new class of service.

United Award Sale: 20% Off Flights to Australia, Portugal, Singapore and Iceland

Check out this amazing award sale United is offering on select international routes.

United Flight Skids off Runway After Being Diverted Twice

A United flight that departed from Houston (IAH) headed for Minneapolis (MSP) had a bit of a rough go shortly after taking off. Read about all the craziness passengers experienced as soon as their plane took off.

See What LAX’s New People Mover Will Look Like

One of the country’s busiest airports, LAX, will be getting a new Automated People Mover (AMP) system and is expected to be fully operational by 2023. Check out the renderings of the airport’s People Mover here.

American Express Is Targeting Select Cardholders for Upgraded Offers

American Express is targeting some of its cardholders for an upgraded offer. Many TPG readers who were targeted are reporting that they have the Hilton Honors portfolio of cards. Regardless of which card, everyone targeted is racking up the additional bonus points from Amex.

Qantas Confirms Move to Terminal 8 at New York-JFK

TPG confirmed this week that Qantas is moving from Terminal 7 to Terminal 8 at JFK. And the move might be sooner than you’d expect.

Amex Platinum No Longer Earns 5x on United MileagePlus X

American Express announced a change to its policy involving a loophole where Amex users could book through United MileagePlus X and receive 5x points — now, with the change, points are just the standard 1 point per dollar.

In other news…

LONDON, UK: British Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner at Engineering, London Heathrow on 05 July 2013 (Photo by Nick Morrish/British Airways)


Earn Double Double Points Through the Avios Shopping Portal for a Limited Time

Planning on making any online purchases this weekend? If so, you should do so through the British Airways Avios shopping portal so that you can earn double Avios for a limited time.

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Marriott Improves Its Best Rate Guarantee Option

With these new changes, you now have the option of receiving 5,000 points or 25% off. The change hasn’t been listed on Marriott’s best rate guarantee page yet, but it is listed on the claim form.

Featured image of Porto, Portugal by Tanatat pongphibool ,thailand via Getty Images.

Additional reporting by Katherine Fan.

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