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.

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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' A380 on board shower

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.

Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card

Earn 50,000 bonus miles and 5,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $2,000 in purchases on your new card in your first three months of card membership. Plus, earn up to $100 back in statement credits for eligible purchases at U.S. restaurants with your card within the first 3 months of membership.

With Status Boost™, earn 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, up to two times per year getting you closer to Medallion Status. Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels, 2X Miles at restaurants and at U.S. supermarkets and earn 1X Mile on all other eligible purchases. Terms Apply.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 50,000 bonus miles and 5,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $2,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months.
  • Plus, earn up to $100 back in statement credits for eligible purchases at US restaurants with your card within the first 3 months of membership.
  • Accelerate your path to Medallion Status, with Status Boost®. Plus, in 2021 you can earn even more bonus Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) to help you reach Medallion Status.
  • Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels.
  • Earn 2X Miles at restaurants worldwide, including takeout and delivery and at U.S. supermarkets.
  • Earn 1X Miles on all other eligible purchases.
  • Receive a Domestic Main Cabin round-trip companion certificate each year upon renewal of your Card. *Payment of the government imposed taxes and fees of no more than $75 for roundtrip domestic flights (for itineraries with up to four flight segments) is required. Baggage charges and other restrictions apply. See terms and conditions for details.
  • Enjoy your first checked bag free on Delta flights.
  • Fee Credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓®.
  • Enjoy an exclusive rate of $39 per person per visit to enter the Delta Sky Club® for you and up to two guests when traveling on a Delta flight.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • $250 Annual Fee.
  • Terms Apply.
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Regular APR
15.74%-24.74% Variable
Annual Fee
$250
Balance Transfer Fee
N/A
Recommended Credit
Excellent/Good
Terms and restrictions apply. See rates & fees.

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