How to Get Started With Amex Gold, Self-Driving Ubers Are Back, the Worst Age to Fly With Kids and More

Dec 22, 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.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MARCH 28: An Uber self-driving car drives down 5th Street on March 28, 2017 in San Francisco, California. Cars in Uber's self-driving cars are back on the roads after the program was temporarily halted following a crash in Tempe, Arizona on Friday. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Uber Approved to Start Self-Driving Car Program in Pennsylvania Following Fatal Crash

Since the fatal incident, Uber has tightened up safety precautions and improved software.


5 Things to Do When You Get the Amex Gold Card

You’ll want to start getting those benefits ASAP.

(Photo by RyanJLane / Getty Images)

What’s the Worst Age to Fly With Kids?

While opinions vary, TPG’s Dia Adams writes, “We all agree on one thing: Travel with kids is worth it at any age…”

Here’s Why You Might Be Getting Fewer Upgrades With Delta

The upgrade gods haven’t been with Delta flyers as of late.

United App Now Offering Compensation to Overbooking Volunteers

The new app feature could make an unfortunate situation a bit easier.

The Most Notable Credit Card Launches of 2018

. . . because it’s nice to honor the newbies.


A Grand Time: A Review of the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong

“It’s in a great location, the staff is beyond friendly, and the hotel itself is upscale without being over the top,” recalls TPG’s Samantha Rosen.

The Marriott Residence Inn New York. (Photo courtesy of Marriott Residence Inn)

Why Marriott’s ‘No Blackout Dates’ Policy Is Essentially Worthless

TPG‘s Nick Ewen digs into the potential loopholes that hotels are using to get out of the “No Blackout Dates’ policy.

TPG Hires the Associated Press’ Scott Mayerowitz to Lead Editorial Coverage

TPG welcomes esteemed Scott Mayerowitz to the team.

In other news. . .

Sharing the Aloha Vibes: Alaska Airlines Begins Nonstop Service Between Sacramento, California and Kona, Hawaii

The new route debuted just last Thursday.

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