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Feb 3, 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.


Plane Makes ‘Miracle’ Emergency Landing on Southern California Freeway

A small plane departing from San Diego to Van Nuys made an emergency landing on a Southern California highway when its engine started failing. Emergency responders called the landing a “complete miracle.”

Across the Atlantic In An Empty A380: Emirates Economy, New York to Milan

Read TPG Senior Editor Julian Mark Kheel’s take on the coach-class experience on Emirates’ fifth-freedom flight between New York (JFK) and Milan (MXP) aboard its A380.

American Airlines Reduced Mileage Awards for February-May

With American Airlines’ reduced mileage awards, passengers can save between 1,000 and 7,500 miles per round-trip flight, depending on the route and the type of AA co-branded card you have.

Instagram Star Gets Kicked off American Flight After an Argument

Fitness model and Instagram star, Jet Selter, was kicked off an American Airlines flight after getting in an argument with the flight’s crew.

How to Travel More for Fewer Miles With the United Excursionist Perk

Take a look at how you can use the United Excursionist perk to travel more in 2018 using fewer miles.

Here Are Situations That Could Get You Free Miles From an AA Flight Attendant

After learning that American Airlines flight attendants will be able to give passengers in-flight compensation, we wanted to know more. Here’s what we found out regarding what kinds of situations could get you some free miles.

TSA PreCheck Now Available With Five New International and Domestic Airlines

One of the best parts of TSA PreCheck, aside from the shorter security lines, is that the program keeps expanding. Take a look to see which airlines have begun participating in the program.

Chase and Starbucks Launch First Co-Branded Credit Card

The Starbucks credit card has finally arrived. On Thursday, Starbucks and Chase launched the co-branded Starbucks Rewards Visa Card, a card that allows you to earn Starbucks Rewards stars on non-Starbucks purchases.

In other news…


Sign up for Singapore’s KrisFlyer Program to get 1,000 Free Miles 

If you sign up now to become a KrisFlyer member, you’ll automatically receive 1,000 KrisFlyer miles. Just enter the promo code in your email when completing the KrisFlyer application and you’ll be ready to redeem your miles immediately.

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