How to Avoid Customs Fines, Common Highway Schemes in Spain, Amazon Prime Changes and More

May 12, 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.

How to Avoid a $500 Fine at Customs and Border Protection

International travelers, check out how to avoid a steep Customs and Border Protection Fine.

French Minister Warns: Air France Might ‘Disappear’

Amidst Air France-KLM ongoing employee, the airline group’s CEO resigned and the airlines’ shares at its lowest levels since April 2017.

How Do I ‘Pay’ Someone in Points?

Your friend borrowed your SPG Starpoints, but you want to be paid back in Hilton Honors points. Here’s a breakdown of how you pay someone back with points.

Traveling to Spain? Don’t fall for this Common Scheme

Everything you need to know about this common highway scam in Spain.

One Suite Ride: Japan Airlines’ Business Class on the 777-300ER From LA to Tokyo

Take a look at Eric Rosen’s Japan Airlines experience. See why JAL remains one of his favorite ways to fly business class between the US and Asia.

Nearly 70% of US Flight Attendants Report Sexual Harassment on the Job

The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) released a nationwide survey that revealed 70% of US flight attendants reported sexual harassment on the job.

In other news…

Amazon Prime Fee is going up

Amazon announced changes to the cost of Prime membership. Starting May 11, Amazon Prime will cost $119 for new users and prime renewals will go up to $119 starting June 16.

25% transfer bonus from Membership Rewards to Flying Blue 

American Express is currently offering a 25% transfer bonus on Membership Rewards points transferred to Air France / KLM Flying Blue until June 15.

Disney had an airport

Did you know? Disney had its own airports, Lake Buena Vista Airport and Lake Buena Vista STOLport airport.  The airport was used for smaller planes with “Short Takeoff and Landing” (STOL) capabilities.

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