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Your guide to Airlines Week at the 2020 TPG Awards

Nov. 20, 2020
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We've officially wrapped up Airlines Week at the 2020 TPG Awards! We had a packed five days of content on the site — with a multitude of opportunities for our readers to participate. Throughout the week, we took a close look at the airline industry and what the future holds for the traveling public, and if you missed out on any of the content, we have a full recap for you below.

You can use the #TPGAwards2020 across all of our social platforms to join the conversation — both now and in future weeks.

And in case you missed the announcement, we're wrapping things up this year with Trivia Night at the 2020 TPG Awards on Thursday Dec. 17, with questions based on all of the content we're rolling out across all four weeks. Be sure to follow along on the site and across our social channels to maximize your chances at taking home some terrific prizes.

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Read on for more details on what we covered.

Monday

We started the week with an announcement of our two Readers' Choice award-winners — Best U.S. Airline Loyalty Program and Best Airline Cobranded Credit Card. We had tens of thousands of TPG readers weigh in to pick the winners, and Southwest took home both the honors this year.

We then launched some of the top-notch editorial content we had lined up for the week, including:

Monday was a busy day on our social channels as well, with TPG Editor-at-Large Zach Honig — our social host for the week — kicking things off, and plenty of discussion opportunities around the award winners. Be sure to check out our new, custom aviation augmented-reality filter on Instagram and see if you can figure out what plane that cockpit belongs to! If you use the filters, share them on your own Instagram account and tag @thepointsguy for a chance to win some TPG swag each week.

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And remember to follow along to the full #TPGAwards2020 conversation on Twitter, where the community is encouraged to share their thoughts on all of the content launching throughout the week.

Tuesday

The content continued on Tuesday, as Ben Mutzabaugh took a deeper dive into how airline route maps have changed (and will continue to change) in response to the pandemic. For any new followers or readers just getting into the world of points and miles, Victoria Walker highlighted how now may be a great time to get started. And our social team went through how some members of the TPG community are taking Vikkie's words to heart, while Zach Griff shared his own, personal favorite aviation story.

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Wednesday

If you missed the webinar with Blake Scholl from Boom Supersonic, be sure to check out the recap article below. (Photo courtesy of Boom Supersonic)

Mid-week saw Zach Griff take a close look at innovation in airline loyalty, which included giving out our first Editors' Choice award to American AAdvantage as the program that took the most forward-looking steps in 2020. I also hosted our first internal Facebook Live (you can watch the recording right here), breaking down the winners of the two Readers' Choice awards — and discussing whether we agree with reader votes.

However, the most exciting event of the day was our first Future of Travel webinar of the 2020 TPG Awards, as Brian Kelly sat down with Blake Scholl, CEO of Boom Technology. His company is working toward building a new, supersonic passenger jet — one that may ultimately shave a ton of travel time off popular routes.

Brian and Blake discussed how Boom came to be and what supersonic air travel means for passengers. If you're even a casual flyer, be sure to check out the link below for what you missed.

Want to fly from New York to London in less than four hours? Hear from the company who could make that happen

The excitement continued on our social channels, as our team took a look back at the key aviation news that transpired over the course of 2020. We also launched a fun, fill-in-the-blank activity on Instagram, so be sure you're following @thepointsguy to participate.

Thursday

Our second Editors' Choice award was handed out Thursday, as Zach Honig's "Spotlight on Safety" feature launched, taking a close look at what airlines are doing to keep passengers safe — and how Delta Air Lines stands ahead of the rest. This was also a busy day across our social media channels, including an Instagram Live with Pete Weber, better known as "Pilot Pete" from the Bachelorette and Bachelor television series. Check out the recording for a special drop-in from Pete's dad — who happens to be a pilot for United (and was at the helm for Tom Stuker's most recent record-breaking flight).

Be sure to follow our Instagram (@thepointsguy) for additional content over the weeks to come.

Friday

We wrapped up Airlines Week with more great content for our readers, starting with Zach Griff's look-ahead to 2021 and the key airline loyalty updates on the horizon — including the new partnership between American and JetBlue and Alaska's formal entrance into the Oneworld Alliance. We also gave out our first special honor of 2020: TPG's "Making a Difference" award, which went to a trio of deserving airline employees for their work with Project Wingman:

  • Captain Emma Henderson from EasyJet
  • Captain Dave Fielding from British Airways
  • Anders Lindström from Norwegian Air

Our social media efforts wrapped up as well, including an interactive quiz on Instagram stories that tested your knowledge of the airline industry — and much more.

Bottom line

There's a lot to look forward to in the world of aviation, and the first week of the TPG Awards celebrated that very thing. The coronavirus pandemic may have changed the format for this year's awards, but there's still a lot to be optimistic about as 2021 approaches.

As we move forward, be sure to follow us across our social media channels so you don't miss any of the great content we have for future weeks. Remember — everything awards-related is fair game for Trivia Night at the TPG Awards next month, so review the information above (and stay tuned for subsequent weeks) to maximize your chances at winning some great prizes.

We're taking the week of Nov. 23 off for the Thanksgiving Holiday, but be sure to come back on Monday Nov. 30 as we kick off Credit Cards Week.

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TPG Editor‘s Rating
Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
4 / 5
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Rewards Rate

4XEarn 4X Membership Rewards® Points at Restaurants, plus takeout and delivery in the U.S.
4XEarn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per calendar year in purchases, then 1X).
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    Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $4,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 6 months of Card Membership.

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  • Annual Fee

    $250
  • Recommended Credit
    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

    670-850
    Excellent/Good

Why We Chose It

There's a lot to love about the Amex Gold card. It's been a fan favorite during the pandemic because of its fantastic rewards rate on restaurants (that includes takeout and delivery in the U.S.!) and U.S. supermarkets. If you're hitting the skies soon, you'll also earn bonus points on travel. Paired with up to $120 in Uber Cash (for U.S. Uber rides or Uber Eats orders) and up to $120 in annual dining statement credits at eligible partners, there's no reason that the foodie shouldn't add this card to their wallet. Enrollment required.

Pros

  • 4x on dining at restaurants and U.S. supermarkets (on the first $25,000 in purchases per calendar year; then 1x)
  • 3x on flights booked directly with the airline or with Amex Travel
  • Welcome bonus of 60,000 points after spending $4,000 in the first six months

Cons

  • Weak on travel outside of flights and everyday spending bonus categories
  • Not as useful for those living outside the U.S.
  • Some may have trouble using Uber/food credits
  • Few travel perks and protections
  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $4,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 6 months of Card Membership.
  • Earn 4X Membership Rewards® Points at Restaurants, plus takeout and delivery in the U.S., and earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per calendar year in purchases, then 1X).
  • Earn 3X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or on amextravel.com.
  • $120 Uber Cash on Gold: Add your Gold Card to your Uber account and each month automatically get $10 in Uber Cash for Uber Eats orders or Uber rides in the U.S., totaling up to $120 per year.
  • $120 Dining Credit: Satisfy your cravings and earn up to $10 in statement credits monthly when you pay with the American Express® Gold Card at Grubhub, The Cheesecake Factory, Goldbelly, Wine.com, Milk Bar and select Shake Shack locations. Enrollment required.
  • Choose the color that suits your style. Gold or Rose Gold.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • Annual Fee is $250.
  • Terms Apply.
  • See Rates & Fees