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Since launching its lounge retrofit program in early 2016, American Airlines has been spending the $200 million it’s set aside to renovate its lounges. Although this has caused issues — and continues to cause issues — while the lounges undergo renovation, the finished products have been quite stunning. Specifically in New York’s Kennedy Airport (JFK), travelers were inconvenienced for a while as the JFK...

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We’ve continually seen great travel deals through American Express’ Amex Offer program — raising the value proposition of being an Amex cardholder even higher. This weekend Amex launched an offer that would net Delta flyers $160 back after spending $800 with the airline. JetBlue enthusiasts, and even occasional flyers, can easily take advantage of this new deal, where you’ll earn...

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When IT problems struck London’s Gatwick Airport (LGW) on Monday, airport officials constructed an old school solution. So much so that travelers could have mistaken the North and South terminals for an elementary school classroom. After a technical issue caused departure screens to fail, LGW staffers took out whiteboards to jot down flight information for passengers. Photos posted on social...

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Minute Suites are a sweet addition to the Priority Pass network, and one that I’ve taken advantage of plenty of times during the past year. This Friday, with the top Dallas/Fort Worth lounges currently closed, Katie and I used our Priority Pass memberships to snag a nearly three-hour nap in a suite for free after an early 5am arrival in DFW....

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Want to see the latest flight deals as soon as they’re published? Follow The Points Guy on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to text message alerts from our deals feed, @tpg_alerts. Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency such as...

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On the market for a lightly used Boeing 747-8? Well, you’re in luck. The Qatari royal family has decided that two 747-8 Boeing Business Jets is one too many, and they’re putting their newest “BBJ” (registration VQ-BSK) on the market. Built at the end of 2012, the jumbo jet underwent a multi-year “VVIP” interior installation before entering service with the Qatari...

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We may not ‘fess up among friends, but we’ve all done it: helped ourselves to something we suspect is supposed to stay on the plane, whether it was a magazine, a pair of headphones, a pillow or even airline-branded silverware. But when are we overstepping our bounds as paying passengers? What’s the line between freebie and felony? From a legal...

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Saturday was the day that Marriott, Starwood and Ritz loyalists circled on their calendars: the date when all three programs would be merged into one. Points from each program would be combined into one yet-to-be-named points currency, new elite statuses would be assigned and new award rates would arrive across the portfolio. Here at TPG headquarters, we’ve been anxiously awaiting the all-clear...

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