Marriott and SPG’s New Loyalty Program, Allegiant Under Fire, Southwest Flight 1380 and More
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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.
TPG breaks down the new loyalty program between Marriott and SPG.
TPG Editor-at-Large, Zach Honig, lays out exactly what will happen with the co-branded Marriott and SPG credit cards after Marriott’s acquisition of Starwood.
A “60 Minutes” report revealed that low-cost carrier — and extremely profitable — Allegiant Air has one of the worst safety records of any airline in the world.
Everything you need to know about the engine failure on Southwest Flight 1380 that left one passenger dead.
It should come as no surprise that Captain Tammie Jo Shults, one of the first women to fly a Navy fighter jet, was able to safely land Southwest Flight 1380 after an engine failed and blew out a window.
Glenn Beck’s 52-year-old twinjet is the oldest operating airliner in the world, and it’s for sale.
The Russian Foreign Ministry is pointing fingers at the United States for taking too long to issue visas to Russian crews, which may end flights between the two countries.
In other news…
SPG 35% Discount on Points Is Back
Now through the end of May, you can save 35% on all purchases of 5,000 or more Starpoints.
Cathay Pacific to Launch ‘Restaurant-Style’ Business Class Meal Service
The airline will be offering this new style of eating onboard long-haul routes.
United Mileageplus Members Can Now Earn Bonus Award Miles with Simplisafe
Earn 5,000 bonus miles if you sign up for Simplisafe — a home security company.
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