Readers Favorite Hotel Perks, Best Ways to Maximize Your Trip to Chile, July Valuations and More

Jul 7, 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.

This Is the Hotel Perk Travelers Value Most

Free breakfast came out on top against room upgrades, lounge access and other hotel perks.

Torres del Paine mountains, Patagonia, Chile. (Photo by MBPROJEKT_Maciej_Bledowski / Getty Images)

7 Best Ways to Get to Chile on Points and Miles

TPG‘s Eric Rosen broke down the best way to maximize your trip to Chile airline-by-airline.

What Are Points & Miles Worth? July 2018 Monthly Valuations

Check out how much your points are worth this month – and see how the SPG and Marriott merger’s new award rates might affect future valuations.

Philippine Airlines Is Bringing a Nonstop A350 to New York

At 16 hours, the route from MNL to JFK will be the eighth longest non-stop flight.

One Week Left to Earn 100k Points With the Marriott Premier Plus Card

Spend $5,000 in 3 months and get $900 worth of points back – but time is running out!

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

FAA to Passengers: Shrinking Airplane Seats Aren’t Our Problem

Apparently it’s not the FAA’s place to regulate.

Photo by chuttersnap on Unsplash

The 5 Travel Rewards Credit Cards to Sign Up for in July

These cards’ current offers might make you think twice about applying for them.

Your Exclusive Look Inside Emirates’ $150 Million 777 Retrofit

Watch the 777-200LRs get a complete refresh with TPG‘s Editor-at-Large Zach Honig.

In Other News. . .

Amazon $10 Free With 1-Click Payment

Pro tip: if you have a Discover card, add it to your Amazon account to increase your chances of being targeted for this offer.

[Targeted] AmEx Offer: Sam’s Club, Spend $50+ & Receive $15 Statement Credit 

You might want to check out this targeted offer if you’re a regular Sam’s Club customer.

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

WELCOME OFFER: 80,000 Points


CARD HIGHLIGHTS: 3X points on dining and 2x points on travel, points transferrable to over a dozen travel partners

*Bonus value is an estimated value calculated by TPG and not the card issuer. View our latest valuations here.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,000 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
  • Enjoy benefits such as a $50 annual Ultimate Rewards Hotel Credit, 5x on travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards®, 3x on dining and 2x on all other travel purchases, plus more.
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,000 toward travel.
  • With Pay Yourself Back℠, your points are worth 25% more during the current offer when you redeem them for statement credits against existing purchases in select, rotating categories
  • Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more.
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16.24% - 23.24% Variable
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Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
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