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Here’s what is going on in the world of points & miles.

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Southwest Changes to Assigned Seats, Adds Redeye Flights


Southwest Airlines announced they will be introducing assigned seats rather than their current open seating model. The airline will also offer premium seating options.

In addition to this, Southwest has introduced redeye flights for overnight travel.

Hilton Adds 400 Small Luxury Hotels to its Collection


Hilton has added nearly 400 boutique properties from the Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) collection.

Starting this week, hundreds of these properties became available on all Hilton direct booking channels, including Hilton.com and the Hilton Honors app.

Referral Bonus for Chase Ink® Business Cards Decreasing Sept. 3


Chase Ink® Business credit cards currently have a referral bonus of 40,000 bonus points. That offer is reducing to 20,000 bonus points starting Sept. 3 for referrals to any Chase Ink card.

The current offer allows you to earn up to 200,000 bonus points per year when you refer business owners for any Chase Ink credit card, or 40,000 bonus points for each business that gets approved, up to five.

The new offer will allow you to earn 20,000 bonus points for each business that gets approved, up to 10. So while the total you can earn in a year from referrals is the same, the bonus points per referral will be halved.

Hilton and Bilt Rewards Announce New Partnership


Hilton is now a transfer partner for Bilt Rewards. Starting today, Bilt Rewards members can transfer their points directly to Hilton Honors at a 1:1 ratio. Learn more about the Bilt Rewards program.

Virgin Voyages Cruises Can Now Be Booked With Points


Virgin Voyages cruises are now, once again, bookable with points.  You can book them through your Virgin Red account. All major transferrable currencies are partnered with Virgin Atlantic, making it easy to book a cruise with points on Virgin Voyages.

Qatar Airways Launching Credit Card for U.S. Applicants


Qatar Airways has launched a waitlist for the airline’s first U.S. credit cards.

Prospective card applicants can join the waitlist and get notified when the card applications are available in early May. Applicants will be eligible to receive up to 10,000 bonus Avios (an extra 5,000 bonus Avios on the Signature card and an extra 10,000 bonus Avios on the Infinite card) by joining the waitlist and getting the credit card within 30 days of the launch of the card applications, subject to a minimum spending amount. This is on top of the sign-up bonus that all cardholders will receive.

Learn more about Qatar Airways Privilege Club.

Update 5/8/2024: Card applications are now available

Hilton Honors Offering 2X Bonus Points on Hilton Hotel Stays


Hilton Honors members can earn 2X bonus points on all Hilton stays between May 2 – September 2, 2024, meaning you’ll earn double the number of base points for that stay. Pre-register and learn more about their Double Points Promotion, and check out our guide to the best hotel credit cards.

Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Ending Round-the-World Awards


Starting May 1, 2024, Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer members will no longer be able to book Star Alliance round-the-world awards. Bookings made before May 1 will still be valid.

Chase Sapphire Reserve® Cardholders Will Lose Restaurant Access Through Priority Pass Select™


Chase Sapphire Reserve® cardholders’ most recent statements are showing the following:

“As of July 1, 2024, you will no longer have access to restaurants, cafes, and markets participating in the Priority Pass Select network as part of the Priority Pass Select™ Benefit associated with your card. Access to Priority Pass Select’s network of lounges and other select airport experiences is not impacted by this update.”

United MileagePlus® Launches Miles Pooling to Share Award Miles with Family and Friends


On March 21st, United Airlines launched MileagePlus miles pooling. According to a press release from United Airlines, this new feature allows MileagePlus members to contribute and combine their miles into a joint account. Available on United’s website, groups of up to five members can now share and redeem miles in one linked account. United allows any MileagePlus member – whether relatives or close friends – to be in a pool with other members.

Note that you can only use pooled miles for United flights, not partner flights.

Bilt losing American Airlines as Transfer Partner


Bilt and American Airlines are ending their partnership in June of 2024. We don’t know the exact date that the partnership will be ending, but as of the time of this announcement that means we are back to no major bank program that will transfer to AA.

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