Uber Could Impose Surge Pricing When Your Phone Is Dying

Over the past few years, Uber has been on a seemingly unstoppable march to change the way millions of people move about their cities. The platform has been praised for its simplicity and convenience, but has also found itself wrapped up in high-profile legal challenges, from being forced to shut down in Austin to setting off a debate over…

New Uber Family Profiles Feature Lets You Pay for Others’ Rides

Uber has been in the news a lot lately. Last week, the ridesharing service announced that it was going to start flat $5 UberPool rides in New York City during commuter hours, and the week before, it announced that it was celebrating its five-year anniversary in the city. However, Uber riders were also disappointed to…

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’s Now Offering $5 Commuter UberPool Rides in New York City

Last week, Uber celebrated five years in New York City. Each day of the week, the service offered UberPool rides for a flat $5 fee beginning and ending in the borough that was being featured that day. And now, the company is trying out something new, with its commuter flat rate in New York City. (If you…

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:…