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.

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