Top Cards for January, Southwest Companion Pass Update, 100K-Point Offer Ending and More

Jan 7, 2017

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Each Saturday, we round up news stories that you may 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 may have missed this week:

Start the new year off right by taking advantage of these great credit card offers.

Top 10 Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for January 2017

A new year means a chance to make sure you’re maximizing the points you earn and redeem. Put together an even stronger points strategy by taking advantage of the best rewards credit card offers available this month.

Southwest will allow you to transfer hotel points to reach Companion Pass eligibility until March 31.

Southwest Extends Companion Pass Transfer Eligibility Through March 2017

To start off the new year, Southwest discontinued the ability to transfer hotel points for Companion Pass qualification. After many dismayed people reached out to the airline, Southwest very generously decided to reinstate the hotel transfers for Companion Pass qualification until March 31, 2017.

If your spending habits have changed, you might want to sign up for a different credit card.
If your spending habits have changed, you might want to sign up for a different credit card.

3 Signs It’s Time to Look for a New Credit Card

The arrival of a new year means it’s a perfect time to take inventory of your life — including your credit cards. If you find yourself in one (or more) of these situations, it may be time to consider applying for a new credit card.

You only have a few more days to sign-up for the Chase Sapphire Reserve with a 100,000 point sign-up bonus.
You only have a few more days to sign-up for the Chase Sapphire Reserve with a 100,000-point online sign-up bonus.

Last Chance for Chase Sapphire Reserve 100,000-Point Online Bonus

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. Chase will only be offering the incredible 100,000 Ultimate Reward point sign-up bonus for the Sapphire Reserve until January 12. Note, however, that you will likely be able to apply in-branch and still receive the bonus for a little while longer (probably until March 12).

Even though commercial aviation is absolutely safe, about 20 million people have a fear of flying.

A US Airplane Was Once Again the Safest Place to Be in 2016

For the seventh year in a row, there were no deaths as a result of airplane crashes on US commercial airlines anywhere in the world. Commercial aviation remains by far one of the safest ways to travel.

In Other News…

Earn up to a 50% bonus when you purchase AAdvantage miles this month.

American Airlines Offers First Buy Miles Promo of 2017

You can earn up to a 50% bonus when you purchase AAdvantage miles between now and January 30, 2017. But, as you can see in the chart above, it isn’t the best deal and there will likely better offers to come in 2017.

Southwest’s entry into Cincinnati means the end of its Dayton (DAY) service. Image courtesy of Getty Images.

Southwest Airlines Adds Cincinnati to Its Route Map

Delta long held a firm grip on Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) — charging ridiculously high prices while at the same time reducing the former hub to a shell of what it once was. Time have changed, however — Southwest finally shared its plans to enter the market. Beginning June 4, 2017, the airline will operate flights to Chicago’s Midway Airport (MDW) and Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI).

Stay connected for free on select Alaska Airlines flights.

You Can Now Text Your Friends for Free on Select Alaska Airlines Flights

This week Alaska Airlines shared that it had added a complimentary service to help passengers stay connected while in-flight. You’ll be able to use iMessage, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger for free on Gogo-equipped Alaska flights.

Qatar Airways is already offering its new sleepwear in first class on select flights.

Premium Passengers To Get Luxe New Pajamas on Qatar

Passengers traveling in Qatar Airways first class on flights between Doha (DOH) and Bangkok (BKK), Guangzhou (CAN), London (LHR), Paris (CDG) and Sydney (SYD) can now enjoy premium sleepwear from The White Company, while business-class passengers will begin receiving the upgraded sleepwear later in the year. The sleep sets include styles for both men and women as well as slippers with a faux-fur sole for added comfort.

Earn points each time you visit a Plaza Premium lounge. Image courtesy of the SkyTeam Exclusive Lounge, Sydney.

Register To Earn Points For Lounge Visits

The Plaza Premium lounge network has a loyalty program, called Arrture, that will award you points for each visit to one of its lounges — including those that you enter with your Priority Pass card. After every 20th visit, you’ll receive a pass for a free visit to a lounge which you can share with family or a friend. If you’re interested in joining the program, you have to sign up in-person at a Plaza Premium lounge.

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