Southwest's bad news for Companion Pass, how to visit Disney World on a budget and more
Each Saturday, we round up the top miles, points and travel news that you might have missed on TPG this week. Here’s what you need to know.
Southwest raises Companion Pass requirements, eliminates points expiration
The bad news: You'll now need to earn 125,000 Rapid Rewards points in a calendar year to earn the Companion Pass.
The good news: Your Rapid Rewards no longer expire.
United probably won't extend elite upgrade expiration dates this year
Southwest isn't the only airline that delivered bad news for loyalists this week. After United's unexpected elite status requirements were released last week, we got even more disappointing news from United. Lots of experts — including TPG's own Summer Hull — are of the mind that the end is near for airline loyalty programs as we know them.
TPG launches a community for small-business owners
Small-business owners have a unique set of challenges, from booking travel for employees out of a personal budget, to earning and burning points and miles on specific categories of spend.
If this sounds like you, and you could use a dedicated place to ask, share and learn insights, join us over here.
SFO just renumbered all of its gates
Question everything you know.
The Priority Pass network is losing the Alaska Lounge at PDX, but Portland Priority Pass visitors can still eat for free at two participating Priority Pass restaurants: The Capers Cafe Le Bar and Westward Whiskey.
This is the man who won TPG's trip of a lifetime
Josh will get to plan the ultimate honeymoon, using up to one million Chase Ultimate Rewards points. And to kick things off, Brian Kelly himself will personally fly Josh to New York for a planning session.
How much does it cost to visit Walt Disney World?
Have you ever wondered just how much it would cost to take the family on this iconic vacation? We break down the numbers for you. (Psst: You can do it for several Benjamins under a grand.)
6 steps to picking the perfect airline seat
It isn't an exact science, but here are your best tips for hacking the system.
Clear can save you time even outside of the airport
You can even sign up for free Clear membership for stadium access. (Unfortunately, the free membership doesn't work for airports!)