Fly first class Emirates from 52,000 miles, a $99 Manhattan mattress run and more

Oct 5, 2019

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Each Saturday, we round up the top miles, points and travel news that you might have missed on TPG this week. Here’s what you need to know.

Vote for the 2019 TPG Awards winners, earn some sweet swag for yourself

The TPG Awards on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018 in New York City. Photo by Patrick T. Fallon for The Points Guy
Photo by Patrick T. Fallon for The Points Guy

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Alaska cuts AA redemption partnership

WASHINGTON, D.C. - APRIL 24, 2018: An Alaska Airlines and American Eagle jet taxi toward the runway at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Robert Alexander/Getty Images)
Photo by Robert Alexander/Getty Images.

Alaska and AA are going to be less chummy come March. The airlines announced that the carriers will continue to partner with each other, but earning and redemption opportunities will be reduced significantly.

Delta Amex adds major benefits, tweaks a few things

Photo courtesy of Delta
Photo courtesy of Delta

American Express has been stepping up its game on the credit card benefits front of late. Delta co-branded Amex credit cards will gain some perks come Jan. 30, 2020 — but most will cost slightly more with an annual fee adjustment as well. Amex added benefits on many of its other cards a couple of weeks ago.

Does Delta plan to move in on Beijing and Miami?

The Points Guy.

It was a big week for Delta. Immediately following last week’s 20% stake in Latin American airline LATAM, the Atlanta-based carrier made headlines for eyeing space in Beijing’s humongous new airport, as well as in Miami to bolster its new routes through LATAM.

Meanwhile, American Airlines — which turned its back on erstwhile partner LATAM after it switched loyalties to Delta — plans to beef up capacity on its three key routes to Latin America out of Miami.

Why buying miles or using cash makes sense sometimes

Photo courtesy of Richard Kerr.

Here at The Points Guy, we’re all about the points and miles — for free, if we can get them. But every now and then, we do advocate using cash to purchase miles when it makes sense, or even first-class flights if one finds the deal of the century.

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Fly Emirates A380 first class for 52,000 miles

JAL miles are the easiest way to try out Emirates

You haven’t truly traveled until you shower in mid-air… right? If you’re looking for an affordable way to check Emirates Airlines’s A380 first class off of your bucket list, check out this last-minute deal. Bonus: You can transfer points from your choice of three major partners: Amex, Chase or Capital One. 

Tired of carpe diem? How big bus tours can save the day.

(Photo by altrendo travel/Getty Images)
(Photo by altrendo travel/Getty Images)

Guess what: TPG Family’s Summer Hull thinks big bus tours are “kinda awesome.” She’s right, and here’s why.

This Manhattan hotel has a hidden $99 room option that you have to book at the bar

(Photo by Scott Mayerowitz/The Points Guy)
(Photo by Scott Mayerowitz/The Points Guy)

Or if you’re here for the original content, this is also how — and where — you can book Manhattan’s cheapest mattress run.

You’ve got less than a year left to get your hands on a REAL ID

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TSA security at Atlanta’s international terminal (Photo by Darren Murph/The Points Guy)

Here’s your official warning: If you don’t already have one, you’ve got less than a year to get yourself a form of identification that will pass REAL ID requirements, which go into effect on Oct. 1, 2020.

Headed to Austin City Limits this week or next? Here’s what you need to know.


From scooters to free shuttle buses, there are plenty of ways to avoid dealing with parking in Austin over this popular music festival.

Featured photo by Getty Images.

Bank of America® Premium Rewards® Visa® credit card

This card from Bank of America gets really interesting if you have a BofA checking, savings or investment account. Depending on the value of your combined accounts you can potentially get as much as 3.5x points on travel/dining and 2.625x points on other purchases making it the richest consumer banking bonus out there.

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More Things to Know
  • Receive 50,000 bonus points – a $500 value – after you make at least $3,000 in purchases in the first 90 days of account opening
  • Earn unlimited 2 points for every $1 spent on travel and dining purchases and unlimited 1.5 points per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • If you're a Bank of America Preferred Rewards member, you can earn 25%-75% more points on every purchase
  • No limit to the points you can earn and your points don't expire
  • Redeem for cash back as a statement credit, deposit into eligible Bank of America® accounts, credit to eligible Merrill accounts, or gift cards or purchases at the Bank of America Travel Center
  • Get up to $200 in combined airline incidental and airport expedited screening statement credits + valuable travel insurance protections
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees
  • Low $95 annual fee
Intro APR on Purchases
N/A
Regular APR
17.74% - 24.74% Variable APR on purchases and balance transfers
Annual Fee
$95
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $10 or 3% of the amount of each transaction, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit
Excellent/Good

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