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.

Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card

Earn 90,000 bonus miles and 10,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new card in the first three months of card membership. Offer ends 11/10/2021.

With Status Boost™, earn 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, up to two times per year getting you closer to Medallion Status. Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels, 2X Miles at restaurants and at U.S. supermarkets and earn 1X Mile on all other eligible purchases. Terms Apply.

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More Things to Know
  • Limited Time Offer: Earn 90,000 Bonus Miles and 10,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. Offer expires 11/10/2021.
  • Earn up to 20,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) with Status Boost® per year. After you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, you can earn 10,000 MQMs two times per year, getting you closer to Medallion® Status. MQMs are used to determine Medallion® Status and are different than miles you earn toward flights.
  • Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels.
  • Earn 2X Miles at restaurants worldwide, including takeout and delivery and at U.S. supermarkets.
  • Earn 1X Miles on all other eligible purchases.
  • Receive a Domestic Main Cabin round-trip companion certificate each year upon renewal of your Card. *Payment of the government imposed taxes and fees of no more than $75 for roundtrip domestic flights (for itineraries with up to four flight segments) is required. Baggage charges and other restrictions apply. See terms and conditions for details.
  • Enjoy your first checked bag free on Delta flights.
  • Fee Credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓®.
  • Enjoy an exclusive rate of $39 per person per visit to enter the Delta Sky Club® for you and up to two guests when traveling on a Delta flight.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • $250 Annual Fee.
  • Terms Apply.
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15.74%-24.74% Variable
Annual Fee
$250
Balance Transfer Fee
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Recommended Credit
Excellent/Good
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