Amex’s New Qualification Tool, 5x Back With Chase Freedom, United Premium Economy and More

Jun 16, 2018

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Each Saturday, we round up news stories that you might have missed from the week before, plus a few new stories. If you’re an avid TPG reader, you’ll want to skip ahead to the new stuff. Here’s the top miles, points and travel news you might have missed on TPG this week. 

American Express Launches New Welcome Bonus Qualification Tool

In credit card news, Amex launched a new tool to see if you qualify for a welcome bonus before you apply for a card.

Photo by Eric Helgas for The Points Guy

Get 5x Points on Lyft, Walgreens and Gas With Chase Freedom Q3 Bonus Categories

One of the most rewarding cash-back credit cards, the Chase Freedom, announced new bonus earning categories.

United’s Launching Premium Economy Sooner Than Expected

United Airlines officially joined the Premium Economy bandwagon, at last.

How to Fly the ‘Real’ United Polaris Business Class

If you want to find the real Polaris, not the other subpar business class configurations United flies, here is a guide.

Amex Is Finally Opening a Centurion Lounge at LAX

There’s a new Centurion lounge coming to the West Coast.

World Cup Airplanes: How the Teams Flew to Russia

The big news event of the week was the World Cup, which began on Friday, bringing lots of interesting airplanes to Russia.

Singapore, Singapore - September 20 : A General View of Marina Bay Sand at Night on September 20, 2016 in Singapore, Singapore. (Photo by Rustam Azmi/Getty Images)

Not Just Kim and Trump: Why Is Everyone Going to Singapore?

But there was another pretty big news event this week… US president Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met in Singapore, a nation that placed itself on the destination map with an impressive effort, which we tell you about in this story.

cabin of airplane with unrecognizable passengers on seats waiting to take off. (Photo by Demkat/Getty Images)

I Got a Blood Clot on a 6-Hour Flight From Iceland — Here’s How to Keep It From Happening to You

If you travel by air, you won’t want to miss our story about how to avoid blood clots on long flights…

Why You’ll Want to Change Your Socks After Airport Security

… and you’ll also want to check out what the nasty consequences of taking your shoes off at TSA checkpoints could be.

Rwandair Gets A330neos, Wants to Fly to JFK With Them

An airline you may have never heard of may land at JFK next year with a brand-new airplane.

In Other News…

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Reportedly Had Their Honeymoon in East Africa

Meghan and Harry went to Africa… possibly. Maybe. We think.

Etihad Airways reports $1.52b in losses for 2017

Etihad Airways lost a lot of money again in 2017.

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DHS experts warn it’s a “matter of time” before hackers hit commercial airliners

US Homeland Security is concerned that hackers might hit airlines.

Stephen Hawking’s voice will be blasted into a black hole from a space station in a touching final memorial

The great physicist will be memorialized in a way that suits his work: one of his speeches will be overlaid in a song and projected into a black hole.

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