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The American Express Platinum House at Coachella and Events to Put on Your Radar

I just returned from my second Coachella adventure in southern California. Both this year and last, I spent some time at the American Express Platinum House at the Parker Palm Springs, which made my Coachella experience that much better. To get access to the Platinum House, you had to have either The Platinum Card from American Express or the Centurion card. Fortunately, though, Card Members could each...

Submitted by The Points Guy 24 mins ago in News

Aeroflot May Stop Flights, Ending All Russia to US Air Service

Flights between the United States and Russia may cease soon, because the US is taking too long to issue visas for Russian crews. That’s what the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Thursday, calling the situation “extremely frustrating.” “The official wait time before a visa interview, which was extended by Washington in August 2017 to 85 days, has been recently stretched to 250...

Submitted by The Points Guy 29 mins ago in News

Google Flights (Finally) Adds Basic Economy Filter

The day many of us having been waiting for is finally here: a Google Flights filter for basic economy fares! Google Flights is a TPG favorite for ease in searching for flight prices, schedules, aircraft types and more. But, one annoyance that we’ve had in the wake of basic economy expanding to most domestic airlines was that Google Flights didn’t have an option to filter out these...

Submitted by The Points Guy 44 mins ago in News

Alaska Kills Live TV on Virgin Jets, Will Remove Seatback Entertainment System

Only days away from Alaska killing off the Virgin America brand, we have some sad news about the elimination of a popular amenity that passengers enjoyed on the carrier. On March 1, Alaska ended live TV on all Virgin America Airbus aircraft. However the airline did double the movie selection, all of which are free, in order to compensate for the reduced entertainment options. Hey...

Submitted by The Points Guy 59 mins ago in News

How You Can Fly United’s Polaris-Equipped 777-200 This Week

Last week, United’s first retrofitted 777-200 finally made its way back to the US. It’s spent the last week and change undergoing inspections in San Francisco (SFO), but now UA’s finally added the updated Polaris-equipped plane to its international schedule. The first flight departs tonight. To recap, United has begun updating its three-cabin 777-200s, replacing all of the seats and eliminating the first-class cabin entirely. The...

Submitted by The Points Guy 1 hour ago in News

Southwest Previously Challenged FAA Engine Inspection Proposal

Southwest Airlines previously challenged engine maker CFM and federal regulators over proposed engine inspections after a fan blade separated from the engine and caused it to fail in 2016, public documents obtained by Reuters show. The incident in 2016 was similar to what occurred to the engine on Southwest Flight 1380 in which a fan blade broke off from the engine, causing it to explode,...

Submitted by The Points Guy 2 hours ago in News

This Weekend We’re Giving Away Two One-Night Stays at Any Hotel in The Curio Collection

The Curio Collection by Hilton is the brand’s group of worldwide hotels that aims to give visitors a unique and authentic experience. From an old 1900s department store in Iceland, to an exotic retreat on the mountaintops of Japan, the properties in this collection were created to be part of the local destination and its culture. The best part? You can still earn and redeem...

Submitted by The Points Guy 2 hours ago in News

Austrian Airlines Unveils Updated, Modern Livery

Austrian Airlines has revealed a new paint job that it will apply to its fleet over the coming years. Just two months after Lufthansa introduced a new livery, Austrian, which is actually a subsidiary of the Lufthansa Group, will be getting a makeover of its own. The airline shared renderings of what the new livery will look like on one of its Boeing 777s. Image...

Submitted by The Points Guy 3 hours ago in News

Act Quick: Limited Packages of Choice Points Available at 51% Off

We are nearing the end of week two of the US Travel Association’s Daily Getaways. While today’s offer of discounted Omni hotels doesn’t go live until 1:00pm ET, you’ll want to act now to jump on an unscheduled offer that just popped up. One of the fastest-selling offers each year are discounted Choice points. With an opportunity to buy Choice point at under 0.5 cents each and...

Submitted by The Points Guy 4 hours ago in News

Southwest Sends $5,000 to Flight 1380 Passengers

Passengers who were on board Southwest Flight 1380, which had one fatality after its engine exploded on Tuesday, have received letters from the airline with a $5,000 check and $1,000 travel voucher enclosed. The $5,000 is to help “cover any of your immediate financial needs,” the letter from Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly states. The letter, obtained by ABC 6 Philadelphia, also provided a hotline...

Submitted by The Points Guy 4 hours ago in News