Maximizing Rapid Rewards, Status Challenge Round-Up, a Sneaky Hotel 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:…

Lyft Testing Ride Scheduling Up to 24 Hours in Advance

The ridesharing world is about to be disrupted. While part of the appeal of services like Uber and Lyft stems from their on-demand nature — you’re umbrella-less on a rainy day and, with a couple of clicks on your phone, can make a car come to you — Lyft may be soon be blurring the lines between…

Uber’s Changed Its Policy: Will You Be Tipping Your Driver?

One of the things that makes Uber such an attractive option for travelers is its hassle-free, no-cash-necessary simplicity. (If you don’t already have an Uber account, you can sign up now to receive a free ride [up to $20] from TPG.) When you hail an Uber, you know that it’ll arrive to pick you up,…

Google Launches Waze Carpool to Compete with Uber and Lyft

Rideshare services, most notably Uber and Lyft, have taken the world by storm in the last few years by offering customers a great variety of options for getting around. Often cheaper than taxis, rideshare services are also a great way to earn points to redeem for travel, since you can always pay with a card…

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…

Get Southwest Rapid Rewards Points When You Ride with Lyft

The battle between Uber and Lyft and each company’s stamp on cities across the country — and the world — continues to develop. It seems as though the two are constantly coming up with new ways to partner with other companies in an effort to attract a larger, more loyal following. Uber, however, remains far ahead of…

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…

Say Goodbye to Free Parking in Las Vegas

Las Vegas is about to get a little more pricey. Starting this spring, MGM Resorts International will implement a paid self-parking program, the first of its kind along the Strip. You can expect to spend up to $10 on overnight self-parking at Bellagio, Excalibur, Monte Carlo, Mandalay Bay, The Delano Vegas, Luxor, New York-New York, Vdara,…

UberX Now Available At LAX

As of this morning, UberX is finally available at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Before this latest addition to the company’s reach in Southern California, riders would have to travel with Uber’s luxury service, UberBLACK, or with its less-popular competitor, Lyft, to get from the airport to their final destination. If you haven’t signed up for Uber, you can join here and get your first…

TPGtv, Year-End Award Stats, a New Way to Redeem SkyMiles & 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:…