NASA Is Building an Electric-Powered Airplane

Last week, NASA administrator Charles Bolden introduced the agency’s newest X-plane — the X-57 — at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ annual Aviation and Aeronautics Forum and Exposition in Washington, D.C. Nicknamed Maxwell (after James Clerk Maxwell, a 19th century Scottish physicist who made huge contributions to the field of electromagnetism), the experimental airplane…

7 Things Every Teen Should Do in Rio de Janeiro

17-year-old TPG Teen Contributor Kofi Lee-Berman has been to Rio de Janeiro twice in the past year — once for two weeks and another time for a few days — and fell in love with it after just a few hours. Here, Kofi shares his favorite teen-friendly activities in one of his favorite cites. Visit Kofi’s travel blog and photo…

Best Cards for Hotel Stays, TAP’s Great New Business Class, Sizing Up the Palladium Card and More

Each Saturday, we round up news stories that you may have missed from the week before, including several that already appeared on The Points Guy, and some more that we haven’t covered yet. If you’re an avid TPG reader, scroll down for the new stuff. Here’s the top miles, points and travel news you may have missed this week:…

Review: The American Express Centurion Lounge — Houston (IAH)

Following a preview event earlier this week, Amex opened the doors to its latest Centurion Lounge in Houston earlier today. TPG Editor-in-Chief Zach Honig flew down from NYC to take the new lounge for a (six-hour) spin. I’m spending the day at Houston’s Intercontinental Airport — entirely by choice. I flew here this morning and I’m…

Blast from the Past: Concorde Supersonic Jet Soars into the Night Sky

Few commercial aircraft captured people’s attention like the Concorde. Introduced in the 1970s, the planes flew several routes around the world, most notably from New York (JFK) to London Heathrow (LHR) and to Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG). They were incredibly fast — traveling at twice the speed of sound, passengers could complete a transatlantic trip…

Uber Will Soon Display the Exact Fare Before Your Ride Begins

Uber’s model of charging ‘surge’ pricing during peak times is no stranger to controversy, but soon the rideshare giant will bring more clarity to the way it charges customers for rides. Instead of notifying the customer that their ride will be surging at, for example, 1.7x the normal fare, the app will now show you…

American’s Website Now Shows How Many Miles You’ll Earn

If you’re an American Airlines frequent flyer — or you simply follow the major US carriers — you know that the AAdvantage program is switching to a revenue-based redeemable mileage-earning system. While it’s generally not the best news for AA flyers, it will benefit those who spend a lot with the carrier. But for those…

JetBlue Targeting Virgin America Flyers for Points Match

Update: A Virgin America representative reached out with a reminder that earlier this year, the carrier targeted JetBlue Mosaic members with a status match to Virgin America Gold status. Earlier this year, Alaska Airlines announced that it was going to be purchasing Virgin America — beating out JetBlue for the Virgin America brand. Needless to say, JetBlue…