DOT Considers Cell Phone Ban, Orbitz Dining Rewards & More

Here’s a rundown of points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed this week: Department of Transportation Considers Ban on In-Flight Cell Calls: In response to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s December 2013 proposal to overturn technical rules barring in-flight cellphone use (as well as a general public outcry about the potential annoyance of other passengers gabbing away for hours…

TSA Fees, Free Iberia Miles, Etihad Launches SFO-AUH & More

Here’s a recap of points, miles and travel industry news from the past week: Reminder that TSA fees go up on Monday, July 21:  In news I shared earlier this month, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will soon more than double – and no longer cap – the mandatory security fee they charge most airline passengers. On July…

Uber and Amex Team Up: Earn 2x Or Use Points for Rides

Uber is one of my favorite travel companies out there. The ride-sharing/black-car service app allows you to summon relatively affordable transpiration quickly and easy and is a godsend in cities like Paris where taxis can be impossible to hail. Uber is categorized as “TAXICABS/LIMOUSINES” with most credit card companies, so cards like the Sapphire Preferred and…