The travel, loyalty and credit card brands that won the 2019 TPG Awards — and more

Dec 14, 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:

All about the 2019 TPG Awards (and how to win a swag bag for yourself)

The 2019 TPG Awards was a night to remember as we celebrated the best of the best in travel, loyalty and credit cards. Carly Rae Jepsen performed a private show, DJ duo Icona Pop spun at the after-party, and we honored the lifetime achievements of women pioneers: Mathematician Katherine Johnson, who helped put the first man on the moon; Captain Beverley Bass, who was one of the first female pilots hired by American Airlines; and Selene Saavedra Roman, a flight attendant who was freed from ICE detention after TPG reporter Michael Park shared her story.

At the TPG Awards, a total of 31 awards were handed out — check out our full recaps of the credit card winners and travel & loyalty program honorees, and find out how you can score your own epic swag bag worth up to $1,300.

The craziest items people steal from hotels

Image by Getty Images / R9_RoNaLdO
Image by Getty Images / R9_RoNaLdO

People steal the darndest things from hotel rooms — including mattresses, according to this new study.

These are the busiest days for Christmas and New Year’s travel

Featured image by Visionkick/Getty Images
Image by Visionkick/Getty Images

You’ll want to plan well ahead for those days. And it’s not a bad idea to read up on travel insurance, trip protection and Freebird, just in case you need it.

Female employees file Frontier discrimination lawsuit

A Frontier Airlines Airbus A319 taxis toward the runway at Salt Lake City International Airport in September 2014 (Photo by Robert Alexander/Getty Images)
(Photo by Robert Alexander/Getty Images)

Several female pilots and flight attendants are suing low-cost Frontier Airlines, alleging that the carrier discriminated against pregnant and nursing employees, according to a federal lawsuit filed on December 10.

Triple-dip your earnings on these Delta gift cards

Buy $250 worth of Delta gift cards, earn a $25 Best Buy gift card and possibly even 1,250 in Ultimate Rewards points to boot.

American Airlines waives flight requirements for earning status

American Airlines Boeing 767-300 landing in the mist in Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport. American connects Amsterdam to Philadelphia and seasonal to Dallas / Fort Worth. The airplane is Boeing 767-323(ER)(WL) with registration N394AN and is flying for American Airlines since June 1998. American Airlines operates a fleet of 931 airplanes and has on order 243 more. (Photo by Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
American Airlines Boeing 767-300 landing in the mist in Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport.  (Photo by Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Some targeted travelers can now spend their way to status instead of playing the miles or segments game.

Did you have a ‘hard landing’? It was probably on purpose.

Photo by DigitalVision/Getty Images
Photo by DigitalVision/Getty Images

Here’s the science behind firm landings.

Here’s what it was like spending 3 nights in the ‘Elf’-themed Christmas suite

Photo by Carissa Rawson/The Points Guy.
Photo by Carissa Rawson/The Points Guy.

Spoiler alert: TPG writer Carissa Rawson walked away with a suitcase full of syrup and spaghetti.

These are the fastest ways to get from Newark Airport to New York City

Manhattan view from the Top of the Rock (Miguel Sanz / Getty Images)
Manhattan view from the Top of the Rock (Miguel Sanz / Getty Images)

Short of catching a helicopter ride, that is.

I’ve visited every Disney park in the world — and this is the best one

(Image courtesy of Disney Parks)
(Image courtesy of Disney Parks)

We bow before the Disney queen.

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Talking Points: Why British Airways Avios should matter to you

Wailua Falls (YinYang / Getty Images)
Wailua Falls (YinYang / Getty Images)

Why do seasoned US travelers value British Airways miles so highly? Learn how Avios can get you to Hawaii for cheap in this episode of TPG’s podcast Talking Points.

Featured photo by Getty Images.

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  • 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.
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