September Valuations, Booking With Chase Sapphire Preferred, Santorini Capping Tourism and More

Sep 8, 2018

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Each Saturday, we round up news stories that you might have missed from the week before 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 on TPG this week.

What Are Points and Miles Worth? September Valuations

See how various points and miles stack up when it comes to value.

Marriott Quietly Updates Terms & Conditions, Though Not Necessarily For the Better

A look at some recent updates to the new Marriott program’s terms & conditions, including upgrades for Platinum members and the ability to transfer Marriott points to friends or family members.

Hong Kong Airlines’ A350 Gets a Huge Business-Class Upgrade

The new plane will be added to the carrier’s Los Angeles flight “in a couple of weeks.”

Photo courtesy of Hong Kong Airlines.
Photo courtesy of Hong Kong Airlines.


American Airlines Expands Basic Economy to Hawaii and the Caribbean

The few routes that seemed to be spared from basic economy have now been included in the trend.

Standard economy legroom.
Standard economy legroom.


Booking Your First Business-Class Trip With the Chase Sapphire Preferred

If you want to finally book a business-class flight, you could do so by simply signing up for the Chase Sapphire Preferred and earning the sign-up bonus.

Our First Look at Air Tahiti Nui’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

Dreamliner flights from LAX are scheduled to begin in early November.

Santorini Is Capping Cruise Ship Tourism

Mayor Nikos Zorzos said the overflow of tourists has put too much strain on the island’s infrastructure and supply and will cap cruise ships at 8,000.

Oia in Santorini
Village of Oia in Santorini. (Photo by Artie Photography/Getty Images)


My Very First Flight on a Private Jet, Gulfstream’s G500

The G500 will set you back roughly $45 million, but you get what you pay for.

In Other News…

Le Club AccorHotels New Airline Partner: Japan Airlines (JAL) Mileage Bank

Le Club AccorHotels has new airline partner where members can credit their stays and convert their points.

Radisson Rewards Buy Points 30% Bonus Through September 5 – 30, 2018

Radisson Rewards has launched new promotion for buying points at 30% bonus that is valid through September 30, 2018.

Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card

Earn 90,000 bonus miles and 10,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new card in the first three months of card membership. Offer ends 11/10/2021.

With Status Boost™, earn 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, up to two times per year getting you closer to Medallion Status. Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels, 2X Miles at restaurants and at U.S. supermarkets and earn 1X Mile on all other eligible purchases. Terms Apply.

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More Things to Know
  • Limited Time Offer: Earn 90,000 Bonus Miles and 10,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. Offer expires 11/10/2021.
  • Earn up to 20,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) with Status Boost® per year. After you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, you can earn 10,000 MQMs two times per year, getting you closer to Medallion® Status. MQMs are used to determine Medallion® Status and are different than miles you earn toward flights.
  • Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels.
  • Earn 2X Miles at restaurants worldwide, including takeout and delivery and at U.S. supermarkets.
  • Earn 1X Miles on all other eligible purchases.
  • Receive a Domestic Main Cabin round-trip companion certificate each year upon renewal of your Card. *Payment of the government imposed taxes and fees of no more than $75 for roundtrip domestic flights (for itineraries with up to four flight segments) is required. Baggage charges and other restrictions apply. See terms and conditions for details.
  • Enjoy your first checked bag free on Delta flights.
  • Fee Credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓®.
  • Enjoy an exclusive rate of $39 per person per visit to enter the Delta Sky Club® for you and up to two guests when traveling on a Delta flight.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • $250 Annual Fee.
  • Terms Apply.
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