You Can Now Book an Uber Ride Without Leaving Google Maps

Google Maps is making it simpler to book an Uber ride, letting users request a ride without ever having to leave the app. Previously, after picking a destination, users could see price estimates of ride sharing services Uber and Lyft, and clicking on either would open those apps. Now, the whole process is done within…

Tip: Link Your Uber and SPG Accounts to Earn Bonus Starpoints

Starwood Preferred Guest is one of the most lucrative loyalty programs out there — in part because of its valuable Starpoints, but also because of its partnerships. Along with its airline partners, such as China Eastern, Emirates and Delta, SPG also partners with other travel services like the popular ridesharing service Uber. With the Uber-SPG partnership,…

Uber and Lyft Drivers in Massachusetts Will Now Be Subject to More Stringent Background Checks

For almost as long as ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft have been in existence, the debate over how stringent these companies’ background checks for potential drivers has been a hot-button topic. The media is regularly reporting on Uber- and Lyft-related crimes and there are now even dedicated websites, like Who’s Driving You, that track…

Deadline December 31! Your To-Do List Before the Last Day of 2016

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Chase Sapphire Reserve The clock is ticking down to midnight on December 31, when many deals will turn into pumpkins, so the next few days are critical for getting in on the opportunities that are most valuable to you. We’ve…

Uber Launches UberONE Service With Tesla Rides in Madrid

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Chase Sapphire Reserve Earlier today, Uber launched its new UberONE service, offering customers rides in a Tesla Model S vehicle and making Madrid the first city in the world to have a sustainable electric car-sharing service. Prices for UberONE start at 0.45 euros (~$0.47) per minute…

10 Travel Predictions for 2017

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Chase Sapphire Reserve By the end of 2016, the majority of the prophesies from “Back to the Future Part II” will have all been fulfilled — the Cubs won the World Series, hoverboards exist and tablet computers, video calling and fingerprint…

Getting Banned by Uber, Top Mid-Range Credit Cards, Tour United’s New 777-300ER 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 Tries to Bring Self-Driving Cars to San Francisco

In September, Uber rolled out its self-driving cars in Pittsburgh, ushering in a new wave of transportation technology that will likely reshape our lives. The ride-sharing company partnered with Swedish automaker Volvo to convert several of the brand’s XC90 SUVs into self-driving machines. For the most part, the cars will drive themselves, although Uber will have a…

Uber Employees Have Been Able to Track Everyone’s Locations This Whole Time

Uber isn’t exactly known for its stellar reputation as far as passenger privacy is concerned — and today’s revelation that staffers have been able to track passengers’ whereabouts this whole time isn’t helping. According to court documents, Ward Spangenberg, a forensic investigator for Uber from March 2015 through February 2016, is suing the company for wrongful termination,…

Don’t Flirt With Your Uber Driver — It Could Get You Banned

If you’ve ever seen an episode of Taxicab Confessions, you’d probably believe that what’s said and done in the backseat of a cab will stay there. But Uber is not a cab service. It’s a ride-sharing service that, according to the company, lives by the golden rule of “Treat people as you would like to be…