Teen Jumps off Plane in San Francisco, British Airways Systems Fail, the Next Air Force One and More

Aug 5, 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.

Teen Opens Emergency Exit and Jumps off Plane in San Francisco

A 17-year-old boy traveling from Panama City (PTY) to San Francisco (SFO) opened the emergency exit door on board the Boeing 737 and proceeded to jump from the plane on to the tarmac. The teen was later arrested by authorities at SFO.

British Airways IT Systems Fail Again

British Airways suffered yet another IT system failure earlier this week, which caused disruptions for thousands of passengers traveling through the carrier’s hub at London Heathrow Airport (LHR).

The US Air Force Is Buying Abandoned 747-8s for Use as the Next Air Force One

It seems that the US Air Force has found a replacement for Air Force One. The new airplanes will be a pair of Boeing 747-8 jetliners that have already been built but are currently sitting abandoned in the Mojave Desert.

Qatar Airways Reinstating Some $555+ Business-Class Bookings

Last week, Qatar Airways offered incredible business-class fares starting at just $555 round-trip. However, the airline canceled a portion of the flights that were purchased — even some that had been confirmed. It appears to have changed course again and has begun reinstating canceled tickets.

6 Top Business and First-Class Redemptions With Citi Transfer Partners

You have many options for redeeming ThankYou points, but if you want to get maximum value on these redemptions, you’re probably best off transferring them to one of the program’s 14 partners. Here’s a list of the six best premium redemptions using Citi ThankYou Rewards transfer partners.

2017 Credit Card Inventory: Senior Points and Miles Contributor Nick Ewen

Find out which cards are in Senior Points and Miles Contributor Nick Ewen’s wallet.

 

Citi Prestige vs. Citi Premier

Both the Citi Prestige Card and the Citi Premier Card are currently offering elevated sign-up bonuses. But, each offers a different set of perks — which one is best for your wallet?

Flight Review: Peach (A320) Economy From Bangkok to Okinawa

If you find yourself traveling throughout Asia, chances are you’re going to have one or more flights on board one of the region’s numerous low-cost carriers. Read one TPG contributor’s full review of a flight on one such carrier — Peach — between Bangkok (BKK) and Okinawa (OKA).

In other news…

American Airlines has some of its best business class seats on flights to Seoul (ICN) and Tokyo (NRT).

Get Up to 85,000 Bonus Miles With American’s Latest Promotion

This week, American Airlines shared the details of its latest buy miles promotion. With it, you can earn up to 85,000 bonus miles and get a 10% bonus when you purchase miles. If you’re interested in buying AAdvantage miles through this promo, you must do so between now and August 31, 2017.

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Marriott’s Mobile App Now Lets You Book Stays With Points

The Marriott mobile app just received an update that (finally) allows users to book free nights with points. To utilize this new feature, simply search your destination and input the dates you’d like to stay, tap Special Rates and select Rewards Points and then book — the app will display your new account balance immediately.

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