Ivanka’s Engine Failure, United Suspends Pet Travel, Crew Member Attempts to Smuggle Cocaine at JFK and More

Mar 24, 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.

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump’s Helicopter Diverts After Engine Failure

A helicopter was shuttling Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner from Washington, DC, to New York City when one of its engines failed and forced the couple to divert to Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA).

United Suspends New Reservations for Pet Travel in Cargo Holds

United said it’s temporarily suspending pet travel in its cargo holds after it experienced a rough week for pets flying on the airline.

9 Pounds of Cocaine Found on Fly Jamaica Crew Member

A Fly Jamaica crew member was arrested at JFK Airport after attempting to smuggle nine pounds of cocaine strapped to his legs through customs.

OpenTable Reveals the 100 Best Restaurants for a Big Night Out

Check out OpenTable’s list of the 100 Best Restaurants in America for a Big Night Out. 

Tevere river and Vaticano, Rome. (Photo by cuellar/Getty Images)

These are the Most-Booked Travel Tours, According to TripAdvisor

Check out TripAdvisor’s list of most-booked travel tours.

Silversea Cruise Ship Cut in Half for Expansion

In a rare and unusual project, luxury cruise liner Silversea Cruises is lengthening its former flagship, Silver Spirit, by cutting it in half and adding a 49-foot expansion.

How a United Passenger Got a $10,000 Voucher

Find out how one lucky United passenger got a $10,000 voucher.

In other news…

The Lyft ride sharing app is seen on a mobile phone on February 12, 2018. Lyft is the main competitor to the dominant Uber. (Photo by Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Here’s how to take a free Lyft to March for Our Lives rallies

Lyft’s co-founders are offering free rides to the March for Our Lives rally in Washington, DC, this weekend.

A Ryanair 737-800 prepares to take-off at Castellon airport on September 15, 2015 in Castellon de la Plana, Spain. (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)

Ryanair Buys Niki Lauda Airline in Rare Foray Into Dealmaking 

This is only the second acquisition in Ryanair’s history after it agreed to buy an Austrian airline from former Formula One motor-racing champion Niki Lauda.

Alaska Airlines Is Eliminating Snack Boxes In Premium Class

This week, Alaska Airlines announced it is no longer offering snack boxes in Premium Class. Passengers will be given the option of two packaged snacks, however. 

Featured image by AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

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