Dining at United’s New Secret Restaurant, Seeing the Solar Eclipse From 35,000 Feet, Mexico Warnings and More

Aug 26, 2017

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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.

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Review: Classified, United’s Exclusive Invite-Only Restaurant at Newark Terminal C

Although it’s called “Classified,” United’s new private restaurant isn’t so secret anymore. Check out what it’s like to get in and dine inside Newark Airport’s (EWR) latest addition.

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Here’s What It Was Like to Chase the Solar Eclipse in an Airplane

There’s no doubt the biggest phenomenon to come out of the week was the solar eclipse. We flew on a Southwest flight to see what totality would be like from 35,000 feet.

The Mexican federal police patrol a beach in Cancun, Mexico on January 18, 2017, where a shooting occurred in a nightclub the day before. The shooting happened on January 17, as Mexican authorities investigate whether a feud over local drug sales was behind a nightclub shooting that killed three foreigners and two Mexicans Monday at the Blue Parrot club during the BPM electronic music festival in Playa del Carmen, a usually peaceful Caribbean seaside town. / AFP / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

US Issues Travel Warning for Certain Tourist Areas of Mexico

The US State Department’s new warning for Mexico focuses on the increased levels of violence and drug cartels in popular tourist destinations. Here’s everything you need to know.

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7’1″ NBA Player Volunteers for Last Row of Coach to Prevent Flight Delay

An NBA player showed a bit of generosity on a recent United flight. Thon Maker of the Milwaukee Bucks jammed his 7’1″ frame into a seat in the last row of economy to help a delayed flight take off faster.

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Citi Adds Turkish Airlines as a ThankYou Transfer Partner

You can now use your ThankYou points for Turkish Airlines (and Star Alliance) flights. Find out what you need to know about Citi’s new transfer partner.

American Airlines has some of its best business class seats on flights to Seoul (ICN) and Tokyo (NRT).

5 Things You Need to Know About American Airlines AAdvantage

Since the AAdvantage program switched to a revenue-based earning system last year, there have been plenty of changes. Use this guide to learn five things about the program that are essential in order to get the best value.

Image courtesy of BriYYZ via Flickr.

WOW Air to Launch Service to Four Midwestern Cities With Fares From $99 One-Way

Good news for Midwestern flyers: You’ll soon have new options for getting to Europe. Low-cost carrier WOW Air is launching service from Detroit (DTW), Cleveland (CLE), Cincinnati (CVG) and St. Louis (STL) to Reykjavik (KEF).

In other news…

The business class product on Turkish Airlines' A330-300. The same product is on most of their 777 fleet.

Upgrade Your Turkish Airlines Flight for 7,500 Miles

Planning on flying with Turkish Airlines soon? You can upgrade your economy ticket to a higher class of service for 7,500 miles. The only major condition is that it must be between Istanbul (IST) and Europe.

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EVA Air Retires Its 747, Introduces New Uniforms

This week, EVA Air retired its Boeing 747. And while the news was sad for aviation enthusiasts, the carrier also introduced new uniforms for its crew. The new uniforms will begin to roll out in November 2017.

Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Retirees Can Now Get a 10-Year Visa for Thailand

Retirees are now eligible for a 10-year visa to Thailand. If you meet certain requirements, such as having health insurance, you can get a visa to the country that’s valid for 10 years.

Featured image by Zach Honig.

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