Carry-On Electronics Banned From Several Airlines, The End of Virgin America, TPG Flies Spirit and More

Mar 25, 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:

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It’s Official: Electronics Banned on Direct Flights from Middle East & Africa

Earlier this week, we learned that the US Department of Homeland Security issued a security directive that took effect this morning at 3:00am banning carry-on electronics larger than cell phones on several airlines from the Middle East and Africa. Here’s what you need to know.

The Virgin America brand will be history in just a few years.

Alaska’s Adding Virgin America Amenities, Scrapping the Brand

Ever since Alaska Airlines and Virgin America announced their merger, people have been eagerly awaiting to learn the fate of the Virgin America brand. This week, along with a slew of enhancements to its in-flight product and lounges among other things, Alaska Airlines shared that the Virgin America brand will officially be retired in 2019.

Earning elite status with SPG can prove to be extremely valuable.

What is Starwood Preferred Guest Elite Status Worth in 2017?

If you’ve earned (or are striving to earn) elite status with Starwood Preferred Guest this year, find out just how much value you’ll get from each level of status within the SPG program.

Condor is a low-cost carrier based in Germany.

Alaska Airlines to Announce New Mileage Plan Partnership with Condor

Early this week, Alaska Airlines officially shared the details of a new partnership with Condor, a low-cost carrier based in Germany. The partnership opens up plenty of opportunities to earn tons of Alaska miles on reasonably-priced international flights.

Many premium travel cards come with baggage insurance policies.

Comparing the Baggage Insurance of Premium Travel Cards

With the announcement of the electronics ban, travelers immediately started asking questions about what would happen if their valuable electronic devices got lost or stolen in checked bags. Find out what policies the top premium travel cards provide for lost or stolen baggage.

The renovated Centurion Lounge in Seattle is larger than the previous iteration.

Seattle’s Expanded Amex Centurion Lounge Is Open for Business

Soon after American Express opened its Centurion Studio lounge in Seattle (SEA), it became apparent that it would need to dramatically expand the lounge in order to meet the demand of passengers in the airport. This week, Amex showed off its expanded and updated lounge in Seattle — get a first look at it here.

TPG had a surprisingly good time flying Spirit Airlines.

I Flew Spirit Airlines and Kinda Liked It

TPG recently flew Spirit Airlines back to the US after a trip to Cuba. Much to his (and everyone else’s) surprise, he didn’t totally hate it.

You can earn a ton of bonus Hilton Honors points from one sign-up bonus.

Earn Up to 100k Hilton Points With These Amex Sign-Up Offers

If you want to add a bunch of Hilton Honors points to your portfolio, now could be a great time to sign up for one of the hotel chain’s co-branded Amex cards. The Hilton Honors Card from American Express and the Hilton Honors Surpass Card from American Express are offering elevated sign-up bonuses through May 31, offering you the opportunity to earn up to 100,000 points and score a free night from one credit card application.

In other news…

British Airways A380 First class London to Washington DC
British Airways has made minor cuts in the amenities it provides to first-class passengers.

British Airways Cuts Some Amenities From First Class

British Airways seems to be on a mission to cut costs lately, and one tactic the airline has employed is cutting back on amenities. Now, the London-based carrier is making even more cuts to its first-class cabin. Though minor, it’s never a good sign to see a carrier slimming down its premier product.

It’ll take you just a few seconds to earn 500 KrisFlyer miles if you’re not already a member of the program.

Earn an Easy and Free 500 Singapore KrisFlyer Miles

Singpore’s KrisFlyer program is offering new members the chance to earn 500 miles just for signing up. Register by April 14, 2017, and use the promo code JOINKF2017 to claim your miles.

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