US Airline Stocks Tumble, How to Raise Your Uber Rating, Get Ready for Higher Airfare and More

Jan 27, 2018

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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.

US Airlines Drop $8.5 Billion in Value After United Earnings Call

United CEO Oscar Munoz held an earnings call Tuesday night — following the call not only did the airline see a major drop in value, but that drop spread across all airline stocks in the US.

How to Get a Better Passenger Rating, According to Uber’s CEO

In a recent interview, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi shared how to raise your personal Uber rating and get the coveted 5-star score. Take a look to see how to up your score.

Prepare for Higher Airfare as Airlines Deal With Increasing Fuel Costs

Thanks to the low cost of jet fuel in the recent past, airfare that once seemed like deals are now standard fares. But now with the rising prices of oil, those fares may not stick around for too much longer.

AA Flight Attendants Agree: the 737 MAX Bathrooms Are Too Small

TPG’s JT Genter recently switched his extra legroom seat for a standard economy seat and noted the small space for the seat… and the lavatory, too. And he’s not the only one who noticed.

La Première Naissance: Baby Born Mid-Flight in Air France First Class

On a flight from Paris (CDG) to New York (JFK) in December, one more passenger had to be added to the manifest by the time the plane landed in the US. Read about the amazing birth that occurred on board — and in first class, too.

Lufthansa’s Unveiling a Brand-New Livery Next Month

Lufthansa is celebrating its 100th birthday in 2018. To celebrate, the airline is changing up the one thing that’s remained consistent since its inception.

The Basics of Offsetting the Carbon Emissions From Your Flights

For frequent flyers, flights most likely accounts for a large part of personal carbon emissions. Read on to see how you can make up for the emissions that are produced when you’re 35,000 feet in the air.

Delta Makes Positive Changes to Upgrade Certificates

Delta announced it’s increasing the flexibility of upgrade certificates so that Diamond Medallions and Platinum Medallions may use their upgrades on Pay with Miles tickets and SkyMiles Companion Certificates. Medallions can also now use certificates for companions without having to use one on themselves.

American Airlines Unveils Details of Main Cabin Extra Enhancements

After months of waiting, AA unveils its main cabin enhancements, which range from “bin enhancements” to “complimentary beer, wine and spirits.”

SPG Accidentally Awards Double Night and Stay Credits

TPG Editor-at-Large Zach Honig was surprised earlier this week when he realized that he was halfway to Platinum status with SPG, which usually requires 50 nights annually. Turns out, he wasn’t the only one with the mistake in his account, and, unfortunately, SPG will most likely roll these back.

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