Delta’s New A220, Details on Lion Air Flight 610, Maximizing Your Trip to the Maldives and More

Nov 3, 2018

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Each Saturday, we round up news stories that you might have missed from the week before. Here’s the top miles, points and travel news you might have missed on TPG this week.

Delta's first-ever Airbus A220 interior (Photo courtesy of Delta Air Lines)

Your First Look Inside Delta’s Brand New A220

Check out the comfy economy seating.

JAKARTA, INDONESIA - OCTOBER 29: Search and rescue workers s sift through the remains of the Lion Air flight JT 610 into a waiting ambulance at the Tanjung Priok port on October 29, 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Lion Air Flight JT 610 crashed shortly after take-off with no sign so far of survivors among the 189 people on board the plane. (Photo by Ed Wray/Getty Images)

Experts Weigh In on Why Lion Air Flight 610 Crashed

Here’s what we know about the Lion Air crash and what it might mean.

It’s Not Too Late for a Winter Getaway to the Maldives With Points and Miles

You can still hop on these amazing redemptions.

VENICE, ITALY - OCTOBER 29: A tourist walks with his luggage near Rialto bridge on October 29, 2018 in Venice, Italy. Today due to the exceptional level of the "acqua alta" that reaced 156 cm schools and hospitals of Venice remained closed the authorities have also advised citizens against leaving their homes (Photo by Stefano Mazzola/Awakening/Getty Images)

Venice Has Worst Floods in a Decade as Severe Storms Hit Italy

Travel warnings have been issued as fatal storms have led to extreme flooding.

Bran Castle in Transylvania, Romania (Photo by Michael Y. Park)

A Bloody Good Time: Halloween at Dracula’s Real-Life Castle

It was arguably the spookiest way to spend Halloween.

SLUG: TR-TRUSTEDTRAVELER. DATE: November, 30, 2009 CREDIT: Katherine Frey / TWP. Dulles, VA. Global Entry Trusted Traveler machines at Dulles International that allow for faster processing through customs. Global Entry participants insert their passports, have their photograph taken and the fingerprints scanned as part of the process. (Photo by Katherine Frey/The Washington Post/Getty Images)

Still Waiting for Your Global Entry Renewal? You’re Not Alone, and Here’s Why

We spoke to US Customs and Border Protection to uncover what the hold-up is.

The Best Ways to Get to Tahiti Using Points and Miles

TPG’s Ethan Steinberg will help you get to your dream Tahiti vacation.


The Critical Points: It’s the Time of Year for Smart People to Turn Dumb

Richard Kerr is answering the big questions. For one: Is elite status even worth it?

Something’s Missing: Air China (787-9) in Business From Singapore to Beijing

Low-frills. Speedy service. Read more on Editor-at-Large Zach Honig’s Air China flight.

Traveling With Children Who Have Special Needs: Perception Influences Reality

There are more obstacles than you might expect.

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