Commute with Uber Copter, TPG staffers race around the world on $725, and more

Oct 12, 2019

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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.

United completely overhauls elite status program

You’re now going to have to spend and fly significantly more to maintain airline status with United.

How many miles can you earn with $725? Three TPG staffers traveled around the world to find out. 

(Photo by Liz Hund for The Points Guy.)

Here’s who went, how and why they did it, what they packed and why mileage runs are a bad idea.

Skip rush hour traffic with a $200 Uber Copter ride to JFK

(Photo by Brendan Dorsey for The Points Guy.)

TPG recently reviewed this service, available between lower Manhattan and New York’s JFK airport.

A new airport just opened in the U.S. this week

(Image by Getty Images.)

This is the first new airport since 2010, and it’s located in North Dakota’s oil country.

You can now book Singapore Airlines direct with Alaska miles

TPG loved his trip in Singapore First Class from Frankfurt-JFK.
TPG loved his trip in Singapore first class from Frankfurt-JFK.

Even better: You’ll have access to flights that aren’t available elsewhere, including a seat in Singapore’s world-renowned first class. Don’t have enough Alaska miles? You can now earn 2x miles on El Al’s new San Francisco to Tel Aviv route.

Here’s how to attend the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo on points

(Getty Images.)

If you wanna go, now’s the time. Cheap flights are going very quickly.

The perfect mistake fare to the Maldives, complete with a flying nanny

(Photo courtesy of Richard Kerr.)

TPG’s Richard Kerr reminisces about the best mistake fare he’s ever found.

Southwest causes fare hikes across the U.S.

A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-800 at Baltimore/Washington International Airport on March 11, 2019. (Photo by Jim Watson/ AFP)
A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-800 at Baltimore/Washington International Airport on March 11, 2019. (Photo by Jim Watson/ AFP.)

Southwest says, “Jump!” in its pricing and other airlines ask, “How high?”

London Heathrow gets a new hotel in Terminal 3

The Aerotel is located just off of T3 Arrivals and offers two floors, featuring a total of 82 rooms.

Save hundreds of dollars on your next Vegas trip

(Photo by Dennis Hohl / EyeEm / Getty Images)
(Photo by Dennis Hohl / EyeEm / Getty Images.)

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