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Each Saturday, we round up news stories that you might 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.
Experts say that people with peanut allergies can actually fly safely with minimal precaution and without having to alert crew beforehand.
Southwest announced changes to its co-branded credit cards with Chase making it harder for passengers to earn the companion pass.
The Houston Express is an #AvGeeks dream that connects Houston to Angola — read about one of the final flights for this route.
Check out the monthly valuations for April here.
These boxes popping up at airports around the country are billed as, “Your private office, whenever you need it.” Read the article on for details on the Jabbrrbox.
TPG was at Embraer’s headquarters in São José dos Campos, Brazil, on Wednesday morning for the arrival of the first E190-E2.
Take a look at the interior of the world’s first E2 jet.
In other news…
Earn 2 Extra MR Points with Amex Express Checkout at Newegg, Staples, Walmart and More
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Obnoxious passenger shamed back to coach after helping herself to ‘upgrade’
Watch a video of a passenger attempt to self-upgrade to business class three times.
Can NASA’s X-plane resurrect supersonic passenger air travel?
NASA’s newest project is a piloted plane that’s designed to produce sonic booms that would barely be audible from the ground. Read here for full details on the supersonic plane.
Featured image by TPG‘s Wallace Cotton.
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