Roundup: Credit Card Awards, Price of ICE Flights, Southwest Change, Asia Miles Expiration, New Apple Card Feature

This is a list of news from around the web which I came across in the last few days. I found these articles interesting and somewhat related to the travel and deal content you regularly see here at Danny the Deal Guru. Sometimes just interesting and not related at all, but I hope you enjoy them just the same. If you come across any interesting articles, or if you have your own blog and have something relatable please send them my way.

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Here are the credit cards that were honored at last night’s TPG Awards

The annual TPG Awards results are in, and you might find some unexpected winners, such as Marriott Bonvoy getting Best Transferable Point Currency. Read more here.

The sole airline willing to operate “high-risk” deportation flights is price-gouging ICE

If you think a first class ticket is expensive, check out what a ICE plane costs. They paid a whopping $33,500 per hour to charter a Boeing 777-200ER for a Nov. 18, 2019 deportation flight carrying 163 people from Arizona to Bangladesh, India, and Vietnam. In all, the Nov. 18 ICE deportation flight operated by Omni cost US taxpayers a total of $1.8 million. Read more here.

Southwest makes tracking your Travel Funds a whole lot easier

In your Travel Funds page, all funds earned on or after December 3, 2019 will be automatically tracked for you. No more having to keep track of all your canceled reservation numbers and credit amounts manually. For Travel Funds received prior to this date, you can still use the travel funds look up page. Read more here.

Asia Miles will no longer expire when you earn or use them regularly

Starting from 1 ‍January‍ 2020, your newly earned Miles will no longer expire three years after being credited to your account. So long as you earn or use your Miles at least once every 18 months, your Miles will remain active*. With the new arrangement, you will have more control of your Miles and enjoy the best choices, however, wherever and whenever you use them. Read more here.

Apple Card users can now buy an iPhone in installments with no interest

Under the program, monthly payments for a new iPhone from the Apple Store will get bundled into the minimum Apple Card payment in the iPhone’s Wallet app, Apple said. Apple also announced that it will offer a 6% discount on purchases at its retail stores until the end of December while using the Apple Card, a holiday promotion that is twice the usual discount. Read more here.

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