Hotel elite status with Amex Platinum and Business Platinum – The Points Guy

Many of the best travel rewards cards provide valuable premium travel benefits. For example, The Platinum Card® from American Express and The Business Platinum Card® from American Express offer many valuable perks, including complimentary entry to Centurion Lounges and extra benefits on luxury hotel stays booked through the Fine Hotels + Resorts program. But one …

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Cruise ship lifeboats and rafts: How your ship is prepared for an emergency – The Points Guy

Do cruise ships have enough lifeboats for everyone? It’s a question that comes to many cruisers’ minds, especially if they’re hesitant about sailing across oceans and seas, far from land. You can rest assured that cruise lines have many safety systems in place in the rare instance that a major emergency occurs at sea. Among …

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Hotel companies are on Instagram’s Threads, but don’t use it for complaints — yet – The Points Guy

The social media platform formerly known as Twitter (recently redubbed X) launched as a town square of the internet. But it also became a nifty tool for travelers to leapfrog ahead of long phone wait times to lodge customer service complaints, change reservations or rebook flights. The X platform’s functionality moved in a different direction …

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Southwest to limit EarlyBird boarding, add new perks – The Points Guy

Southwest Airlines is making a slate of changes to its passenger experience. The Dallas-based carrier plans to introduce free inflight Wi-Fi for Business Select fares and will soon offer same-day standby to all passengers. Want more airline-specific news? Sign up for TPG’s free biweekly Aviation newsletter. Southwest also confirmed to TPG it will reduce the …

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Marriott launches an affordable new brand, its 32nd overall – The Points Guy

And then there were 32 … brands at the world’s largest hotel company, that is. Marriott officially launched what it anticipates will be its most budget-friendly extended stay brand earlier this summer. The new brand (which had a working title of Project MidX Studios) got its official name this week: StudioRes. Marriott CEO Anthony Capuano …

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Maui disaster: What should you do if you have plans to visit Hawaii – The Points Guy

Maui has been impacted by devastating wildfires fueled by hurricane-force winds. The fires have caused catastrophic damage and are heartbreakingly the deadliest in the U.S. in several years. The worst fires occurred in West Maui, as the historic area of Lahaina has been completely devastated by flames that have not yet been fully extinguished. Local …

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