Uber and Lyft Shut Down Operations in Austin

In response to the defeat of Austin Proposition 1 on Saturday, Uber and Lyft have shut down operations in Austin. Both companies cite the Austin City Council actions in their decision. Lyft says that it “cannot operate in Austin” while Uber states “we simply cannot operate under the City’s new rules.” However, neither company is actually…

Uber Celebrates 5 Years in New York City with $5 UberPool Rides

As Uber continues expanding cities and adding more modes of transportation, the service becomes even more convenient for getting around — especially when traveling far from home. (If you don’t have an Uber account, you can sign up now to receive a free ride [up to $20] from TPG.) For those who have been using Uber for a while,…

Marriott Adding SPG Perks, New Cards to Consider, Flying the A350 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:…

Uber’s Updating its VIP Program in New York City

Uber’s making some changes to its frequent rider program this spring. Beginning May 1, Uber’s New York City VIP program will become VIP Rewards, offering similar perks to the service’s most frequent users. To qualify for this updated VIP service, you’ll have to take at least 10 trips in a calendar month within New York City —…

You Can Now Take an Uber to Mexico

Great news: Uber’s now expanding the breadth of its service in Southern California and Mexico. Travelers will now be able to take nonstop rides from California to Tijuana — a journey that previously required two separate rides and a border crossing on foot. Unfortunately, due to local laws and regulations, travelers will only be able…

Get Four Free UberPool Rides This Weekend with Capital One

Uber announced that it’s teaming up with Capital One to offer four free trips with its low-cost service, UberPool, this weekend when riders use a Capital One card. If you have a Capital One credit or debit card that’s not currently synced up with your Uber account, this is the perfect weekend to set that up. If…

TPG’s Guide to Austin During SXSW 2016

Depending on which component you’re attending — Interactive from March 11-15 for tech-related news and events; Music from March 11-19; and Film from March 15-20 — you may find yourself frequenting different parts of downtown Austin. Long-time Austin resident and TPG contributor Katherine Fan shares insights gleaned from many years of personal experience attending the city’s annual South by Southwest…

Uber and American Airlines Launch Partnership & Free Ride for AA Exec Platinums

Uber already has partnerships with IHG, Hilton and Starwood, with the Starwood partnership being one of the most rewarding options. In the past few months, Uber has expanded its territory — from on-demand helicopter and yacht rides to reducing its prices from Newark by up to 50%. If you haven’t signed up for Uber, you can join…