Getting Banned by Uber, Top Mid-Range Credit Cards, Tour United’s New 777-300ER and More

Dec 17, 2016

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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:

Flirting with your Uber driver could result in a ban from the service.

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

Uber released an updated set of Community Guidelines that outlines what kind of behavior is expected from both drivers and riders. Brush up on the policy so that you know what could get you banned from the rideshare service for good.

Check out our list of the top mid-range airline credit cards to get great perks without breaking the bank.

The Top Mid-Range Airline Credit Cards to Have for 2017

Want meaningful airline perks but don’t want to shell out $450 per year on a premium travel credit card? Check out this list of the top mid-range airline credit cards that offer great benefits at a fraction of the price.

Alaska Airlines is the proud new owner of Virgin America.

The Alaska Airlines-Virgin America Merger Closed Today

The saga that has been the Alaska Airlines-Virgin America merger came to a close this week, as Alaska’s acquisition of Virgin was closed. However, many questions remain, such as what will happen to the Virgin America brand.

United shared a tour of its brand-new Boeing 777-300ER though its Instagram account.

United Gives Us a Tour of Polaris on the Very First 777-300ER

United’s about to take delivery of its very first Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, which comes equipped with the airline’s much-anticipated Polaris seats. Some employees managed to get an early look inside the cabin and shared the tour on the airline’s Instagram account.

Could airplanes of the future have modular cabins?

What If Airlines Could Change Their Cabins Every Day?

Airbus unveiled a new program this week that could potentially radically change the commercial planes we’ve all come to know so well. Its concept is based on modules that could be swapped in and out of aircraft whenever an airline sees fit.

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TPG Senior Writer Julian Mark Kheel.

Please Welcome Julian Mark Kheel to Team TPG

Meanwhile, over at Travel Codex, the Devil’s Advocate has some big news to share — he’s joining TPG! Julian Mark Kheel is our new senior writer, and he’s already written a few fantastic posts for the site, including the look at Airbus’ new modular cabin design we recapped above. Welcome, Julian!

In Other News…

If you have Aeroplan miles to spare, you’ll soon be able to use them on flights to Cuba.

You’ll Soon Be Able to Book Flights to Cuba with Aeroplan Miles

In 2012, Aeroplan blocked all ability to use miles for flights to Cuba. However, it appears that things will soon change, as Aeroplan has said that it’ll soon allow award bookings to Cuba once again.

There’s a separate room upstairs for La Première passengers where you can get a full service meal before your flight.

Air France Will Close its First Class Lounge in Paris for Over a Month

If you’re flying Air France’s La Premiere first-class product in the next few weeks, you should be aware that the La Premiere Lounge in Paris (CDG) will be closed from January 17 – February 20, 2017 for refurbishment work.

A glimpse at American’s new International First Class Lounge at JFK Terminal 8.

Cathay Pacific is Moving to a New Home at JFK

Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific is moving terminals at New York’s JFK airport. Currently, the airline is located in Terminal 7, where British Airways occupies a lot of space. But, as of January 15, 2017, Cathay will move to Terminal 8, which is dominated by American Airlines. First-class passengers traveling on Cathay after the move will have access to American’s new International First Class Lounge in the terminal.

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