The Best and Worst US Airlines, TPG Gives Away 500,000 Points, United Bonus Lottery and More

Mar 10, 2018

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Each Saturday, we round up news stories that you might 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 might have missed this week.

The Best and Worst US Airlines in 2018

It’s still the beginning of the new year, so now is the perfect time to know the best and worst airline for the year. This week, TPG released a comprehensive study of every aspect of the most popular US airlines, from price and convenience to headaches, lounges and miles, and determined the best US airlines in the industry.

Today Is My Birthday, and I’m Giving Away 500,000 Points

This past week, Brian Kelly celebrated his birthday with a giveaway of 500,000 points and other prizes to TPG readers who donate money to Rainbow Railroad, a charitable organization that helps LGBT individuals seek asylum from violence.

United Employees Are Venting Their Fury at Management Over New Bonus Lottery

United Airlines employees were very unhappy that their bonuses have been replaced by a lottery. Here’s what they’re saying in an internal, staff-only forum. See what United internal staff had to say about the company’s changes.

Two Passengers Hospitalized in Nightmare Weather Diversion

A flight from Minneapolis to New York turned into a nightmare for passengers due to diversions caused by last week’s nor’easter.

SEEN: The New App to Help Travelers Find Hidden Gems

Thursday saw the introduction of SEEN, a new app and social travel network that helps you find the best places to eat, sleep, shop and play wherever you are. TPG is already very active on SEEN, so you can follow him for one of his many tips for places around the world (full disclosure: Brian is an investor in SEEN. “It’s the app I wish I always had,” he says). Sign up here and enter the code “The Points Guy” to gain access.

Emirates is Hiring Flight Attendants in Dubai

Emirates is hiring new members to join its cabin crew and the job perks are pretty good. Check out what it takes to be a flight attendant for the Dubai-based airline.

Boeing 737 Breaks Its Own Record as 10,000th Aircraft Rolls Off Assembly Line

This week, Boeing rolled out its 10,000th 737 aircraft— a major milestone for the airplane manufacturer. The lucky 10,000th plane was an A 737 MAX 8 destined for Southwest.

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 Closes Consular Agency in Playa del Carmen Due to Security Threat

The US Embassy in Mexico has closed its consular agency in the popular resort area of Playa Del Carmen over an unspecified “security threat.”

Hawaiian Airlines is Really Getting the Boeing 787-9 After All

The Honolulu-based carrier, Hawaiian Airlines, confirmed that it intends to purchase 10 of the 789 aircraft— allowing the airline to upgrade and modernize its fleet.

In other news…

(Photo by Norwegian Bliss)

NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE: Amex is offering 10,000 Membership Rewards® Points

If you’re planning a cruise vacation before summer, American Express has an offer for you: Get 10,000 points when you spend $500 or more to purchase a cruise with Norwegian Cruise Lines. But, you might want to jump on it now because it’s only available through May 10, 2018. (H/T: Frequent Miler)

Cheddar Lands in US Airports with Reachme TV

Cheddar, the leading post-cable network, will now air on Reachme TV’s expansive network of 85 airports, 5,000 hotels and more than 100 million viewers monthly.

Featured image by MCKIBILO.

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