How to Spend $970 Million Like an AvGeek, Why Amex Gold Is Just Right for Some and More

Oct 20, 2018

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Each Saturday, we round up news stories that you might have missed from the week before, plus a few new stories. If you’re an avid TPG reader, you’ll want to skip ahead to the new stuff. Here’s the top miles, points and travel news you might have missed on TPG this week

Patrons wait to buy Mega Millions lottery tickets at Lichines Liquor & Deli in Sacramento, Calif., on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013. The California State Lottery has paid more than $500,000 to settle lawsuits filed by two former investigators who claimed they were fired for calling attention to jackpots they believed the lottery improperly awarded to recipients who could not prove they were winners. (Randall Benton/Sacramento Bee/TNS via Getty Images)

Planes, Travel and Other Ideas for the $970 Million Mega Millions Jackpot

How could you ever spend all of that money? Here’s exactly how a good AvGeek would.

Watch What It’s Like to Be on the World’s Longest Flight (Video)

The 19 hours that Editor-at-Large Zach Honig spent in the air got boiled down to a 90 second video.

Why the Amex Gold Is the Perfect ‘In-Between’ Credit Card

Amex Gold: Not too hot, not too cold. Just right.

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Bouncing Around Europe in Our Own Airbus at MegaDo

TPG’s Wallace Cotton wrote about what it was like to fly on a chartered commercial jet with other MegaDo attendees.

T his photo taken on March 3, 2018 shows Kawazu-Zakura cherry blossoms on Enoshima Island, Kanagawa prefecture. / AFP PHOTO / Behrouz MEHRI (Photo credit should read BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/Getty Images)

Cherry Blossom Season Might Be Starting Earlier in Japan This Year

Don’t be fooled — the lovely trees’ premature arrival is due to severe weather conditions.

American Restricts Admirals Club Admittance, Raises Costs of Membership

You might have to hand over an extra hundred bucks to make it into the Admirals Club now.

(Photo by Shutterstock.com)

How We Saved 25,000 Points on Flights to Europe — Reader Success Story

It’s all about strategy.

In Other News. . .

United is Canceling its DFW-LAX Route Next Year

Here’s what United told us: “As we continuously review and monitor customer demand for travel in all of the markets we serve, we have determined our service between Los Angeles and Dallas does not meet our expectations. . . United continues to serve Dallas Fort Worth through our hubs in Denver, New York/Newark, Washington Dulles, Houston, Chicago and San Francisco.”

Photo by Fabrizio Gandolfo/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images.
Photo by Fabrizio Gandolfo/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images.

European Airline ‘Cobalt’ To Suspend Operations

With what’s left of Cobalt’s assets, the company will be paying its employees.

Photo by AFP/Getty Images.

Couple’s Dream Wedding Ruined After Airline Company Folded

They intended to fly their guests out via Cobalt. “It’s supposed to be the happiest day of your life and you end up with all this stress and worry,” said the bride.

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