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Each Saturday, we round up news stories that you might have missed from the week before. Here’s the top miles, points and travel news you might have missed on TPG this week.

Chase Sapphire Preferred Card No Longer Offering an Authorized User Bonus

Say goodbye to Chases’ authorized user bonus of 5,000 Ultimate Rewards points, worth $100 according to our latest valuation. 

When to Use Hotel Credit Cards vs. Chase Sapphire on Large Purchases

TPG’s Brendan Dorsey expertly compared the everyday points back and valuations of Chase Sapphire and hotel cards to assess which will best maximize your big purchases.

Cefalù, coastal city in northern Sicily, Italy. (Photo by Federico Scotto/Getty Images)

Italy Hopes to Lure Retirees to Sicily, Sardinia and Calabria With Massive Tax Break

Italy’s attractive new tax cut might just pull retirees overseas.

Passengers Are Disgusting, and Other Things I Learned at AA’s Maintenance Base

TPG‘s Katie Genter toured “the world’s largest commercial aviation maintenance base,” and let us in on her non-AvGeek perspective.

A taxi drives by a phone displaying the Uber app in Barcelona on March 13, 2018. - Uber said it was back in Barcelona with 120 professional drivers after it was forced out three years ago over the suspension of its service that enables unregulated drivers to ferry passengers for money using their own cars. (Photo by PAU BARRENA / AFP) (Photo credit should read PAU BARRENA/AFP/Getty Images)

Why Your Uber Driver May Force You to Cancel Your Ride and Pay a Fee

This Uber scam has become increasingly common and extremely frustrating.

Why I’m Breaking Up With Uber

Even though TPG’s a loyal customer of the ride sharing service — spending five figures on it just this year — he said enough is enough.

One Big Reason I’m Excited About Apple’s New iPhone XS Max

No, we’re not talking about the 737 MAX 8, but this new Apple release might just fulfill the need that some MAX 8s have surfaced: Bring your own device.

AIRPORT ORLY, PARIS, FRANCE - 2018/02/18: Air France Boeing 777-300ER taking off from Paris Orly airport. (Photo by Fabrizio Gandolfo/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Dirty Bird: Air France (777) in Economy in a Duo Seat From Boston to Paris

TPG’s Alberto Riva found some not-so-appetizing surprises on his Air France flight from Boston to Paris.

Hawaiian Will Launch the Longest Domestic Flight in the US

The flight from Boston (BOS) to Honolulu is coming to the skies next April.

(Photo courtesy Hilton Conrad Maldives)

8 Cards Currently Offering Welcome Bonuses of 100,000 Points or More

It’s prime time to sign up for these eight cards.

The Platinum Card® from American Express

The American Express Platinum card has some of the best perks out there: cardholders enjoy the best domestic lounge access (Delta SkyClubs, Centurion Lounges, and Priority Pass), up to a $200 annual airline fee credit as well as up to $200 in Uber credits, and mid-tier elite status at SPG, Marriott, and Hilton. Combined with the 60,000 point welcome offer -- worth $1,140 based on TPG's valuations -- this card is a no-brainer for frequent travelers. Here are 5 reasons you should consider this card, as well as how you can figure out if the $550 annual fee makes sense for you.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
  • Enjoy Uber VIP status and free rides in the U.S. up to $15 each month, plus a bonus $20 in December. That can be up to $200 in annual Uber savings.
  • 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
  • 5X Membership Rewards points on prepaid hotels booked on amextravel.com.
  • Enjoy access to the Global Lounge Collection, the only credit card airport lounge access program that includes proprietary lounge locations around the world.
  • Receive complimentary benefits with an average total value of $550 with Fine Hotels & Resorts. Learn More.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit, up to $200 per calendar year in baggage fees and more at one qualifying airline.
  • Get up to $100 in statement credits annually for purchases at Saks Fifth Avenue on your Platinum Card®. Enrollment required.
  • $550 annual fee.
  • Terms Apply.
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