May Points and Miles Valuations, First Look at Alaska’s JFK Lounge and More

May 5, 2018

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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.

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What Are Points And Miles Worth? May Valuations

TPG breaks down how points and miles stack up for the month of May.

Your First Look at Alaska’s Brand-New JFK Lounge

With the merger of Alaska Airlines and Virgin American complete, the airline has officially opened its long-awaited lounge at New York’s JFK Airport.

SUN VALLEY, ID - JULY 09: Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos arrives at Sun Valley Lodge for the Allen & Co. Media and Technology Conference on July 9, 2014 in Sun Valley, Idaho. Many of the worlds wealthiest and most powerful businessmen from media, finance, and technology attend the annual week-long conference which is in its 32nd year. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Jeff Bezos Is So Rich, an Etihad Residence Ticket Costs Him the Equivalent of 36 Cents

See how much the relative costs of luxury travel accommodations are for super-rich Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

Pool at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando. Photo courtesy Hilton

Get 3,500 Bonus Amex Points for Spending $300 or More at Hilton (Targeted)

With the new Amex Offer, you can earn 3,500 bonus Membership Rewards points when you spend $300 or more with Hilton — on room rate and room charges.

Couple waiting for luggage at baggage claim in airport terminal Image by Thomas Barwick / Getty Images

Lesser-Known Perks of Small-Business Credit Cards

All of the best business credit cards offer a menu of additional perks outside their respective rewards programs.

Give it a Chance: Aeroflot’s A330-300 in Economy From Moscow to New York

Cold War stereotypes and jokes aside, Aeroflot won this particular space race when it came to seat space and comfort. It also boasts good service and a low cost.

Viking Sun anchored in the Bay of Cienfuegos, Cuba, at sunset. (Marjie Lambert/Miami Herald/TNS via Getty Images)

Viking Plans the World’s Longest Continuous Cruise: 8 Months and 6 Continents

Viking Cruises is rolling out the longest-ever continuous world cruise itinerary with its new ‘Ultimate World Cruise‘ — an eight-month voyage throughout six continents, 59 countries and 113 ports.

In other news…

Alaska Airlines and Air France-KLM Officially End Partnership

This was announced back in December, but the partnership officially ended this week, which means you can no longer credit Air France-KLM flights to Alaska’s MileagePlan.

Pool area at the Presidente InterContinental Cancun Resort.

IHG Rewards Club Members Can Take 50% off with “Reward Nights Sale” in Mexico, Latin America and the Caribbean 

The sale runs from 8:00pm EDT on Monday, April 30, 2018, to 11:00am EDT on Monday, May 7, 2018, for stays from May 1 through June 30, 2018. Redeem Rewards Club points by visiting www.ihg.com/rewardnights, or the participating hotels’ websites.

National Transportation Safety Board investigators examine damage to the engine of the Southwest Airlines plane that made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. The Southwest Airlines jet blew the engine at 32,000 feet and got hit by shrapnel that smashed a window, setting off a desperate scramble by passengers to save a woman from getting sucked out. She later died, and seven others were injured. (NTSB via AP)

At Southwest Airlines, the Minutes After Disaster Struck

A Wall Street Journal report on how top management, using updates from the cockpit and passengers’ phones, put the emergency-response plan into action in Philadelphia and Dallas.

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