American Adds Basic Economy, Rome in the Snow, How to get Instant Rewards Redemptions and More

Mar 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 might have missed this week.

American Airlines Launching Basic Economy on Transatlantic Flights This Spring

American added basic economy fares to all of its domestic routes last September. The airline recently announced its plans to add basic economy options to its transatlantic flights this April.

Does the Bag Fit? United Agent and Passenger Fight Over Carry-On

This past week, a video surfaced of United agents arguing with a passenger whether her personal bag fit in the allotted space. Check out the video and see what you think.

US Bank Now Allows for Instant Reward Redemptions for Travel Booked Anywhere

US Bank Altitude Reserve and FlexPerks card holders are now eligible for instant point redemptions via US Bank’s “Real-Time Mobile Rewards” feature.

See Beautiful Drone Footage of the Rare Snowfall in Rome

Check out this amazing footage of snow-covered Rome from up above.

American, United Airlines in Spat Over O’Hare Expansion Plans

AA refused to sign the lease for O’Hares $8.5 billion expansion after the airline reportedly discovered a last-minute clause in the contract that awarded United additional gates at ORD.

United 737’s Tire Pops Upon Takeoff at Newark

One of the tires on a United jet popped after it took off from Newark (EWR). Luckily, it landed safely in Portland (PDX) after its six-and-a-half hour journey.

 

Delta Denies US Men’s Curling Team an Upgrade on Flight Home

Not even gold medals from the Olympics could get these guys an upgrade on their Delta flight back to the US.

In other news…

(Photo by Eric Helgas for The Points Guy)
(Photo by Eric Helgas for The Points Guy)

Chase Partners with Shell to Offer 5¢ off per Gallon through 2018 for Freedom & Sapphire Cardholders

With this partnership, Chase Freedom cardholders get Fuel Rewards Gold status which gets you 5¢ off per gallon at Shell. (H/T: Doctor of Credit)

World of Hyatt Extends Loyalty Program to Home Rentals 

World of Hyatt members can now earn and redeem points with Oasis, the brand’s home rental program that offers more than 2,000 personally vetted homes with hotel-like amenities in more than 20 destinations worldwide.

Image courtesy of Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand’s “Coolest Safety Video”

Air New Zealand launches its self-described “world’s coolest safety video. Check it out here.

Featured image by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP via Getty Images

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