Insider Series: A Day in the Life of a Pilot — Things That Go Bump in the Sky

TPG Contributor “Marty McFly” is a pilot for a major US-based airline. In his next few Insider posts, he’ll give you a behind-the-scenes look into what the average day is like for an airline pilot. I was at an amusement park recently, riding a fairly aggressive roller coaster with my son. As the shoulder harness came down, people…

The 7 Most Expensive Ritz-Carlton Properties You Can Book with Points

Last month, we covered the launch of the upgraded Ritz-Carlton Rewards Credit Card, which brought some new benefits that may just make you excited about the luxury hotel chain all over again. Nick Ewen covered the 10 best properties to use your three free nights at (you get these after spending $5,000 on purchases on the card in…

Booking United Awards Using Partner Programs

United Airlines has partner agreements with 39 separate airlines, not all of which are members of the Star Alliance. Most of these airlines have their own loyalty programs, and many allow you to redeem miles for flights on United airlines — sometimes at a lower cost than United’s award rates. Today, I’ll show you which partner carriers…

The World’s Biggest Indoor Theme Park Just Opened in Dubai

You don’t have to have ever traveled to Dubai to know that subtlety is not one of the United Arab Emirates city’s strong suits. Like Las Vegas on steroids, Dubai is already home to a list of “world’s biggest” things, including the biggest mall (The Dubai Mall) and the world’s tallest skyscraper (the Burj Khalifa, although…

Baby Born on Buraq Air Flight Gets Free Tickets for Life

It pays to be born on a plane. A newborn baby has been awarded with free tickets for life on Buraq Air after his mother gave birth aboard a flight. The newborn’s mother was on a flight from Tripoli, Libya, to Niamey, Niger, when she started going into labor. Being born on a plane has…

Several Airlines Just Banned the Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Update: The FAA has released the following statement concerning the Galaxy Note 7: In light of recent incidents and concerns raised by Samsung about its Galaxy Note 7 devices, the Federal Aviation Administration strongly advises passengers not to turn on or charge these devices on board aircraft and not to stow them in any checked…

Get Ready to Add “Glamping in Antarctica” to Your Travel Bucket List

Billing itself as Antarctica’s “first and only luxury camp,” White Desert was the brainchild of husband-and-wife adventurers Patrick and Robyn Woodhead, who got the idea for what they described as a “new kind of camp” while waiting out a storm (and watching their supplies diminish) in a tiny little tent in the midst of Antarctica for four days…

9 Surprising JetBlue Routes You May Not Know About

While primarily thought of as a domestic carrier, JetBlue actually flies to Mexico and more than a dozen countries throughout Central and South America and the Caribbean, and with the JetBlue Plus Card now on the market, it can be easy to rack up thousands of TrueBlue points in a short amount of time. From the gateway…

The Autonomous Cowarobot Suitcase is Both Ridiculous and Amazing

When people think of robotics specialists, they don’t normally think of luggage makers. But San Fransisco-based company Cowarobot is most certainly both of those things. At CES Asia earlier this year, the brand announced its first flagship product, the Cowarobot R1. Scheduled to ship in November 2016, the product sports minimalistic good looks and a feature…

Deal Alert: US to Dubai From $594 Round-Trip

Want to see the latest flight deals as soon as they’re published? Follow The Points Guy on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to text message alerts from our deals feed, @tpg_alerts. Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend that you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency,…