Elite Status for Life, Join TPG and United in San Francisco, TSA Woes and More

Sep 16, 2017

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Each Saturday, we round up news stories that you may have missed from the week before, including several that already appeared on The Points Guy, and some more that we haven’t covered yet. If you’re an avid TPG reader, scroll down for the new stuff. Here’s the top miles, points and travel news you may have missed this week.

Yes, there is a way to earn airline elite status for life. All you have to do is fly at least a million miles with either American Airlines, Delta or United. Find out what lifetime perks you’ll receive on each airline if you’re a very, very frequent flyer.

Giveaway: Join TPG for a Very Special United 747 Event in San Francisco!

At the end of next month, United’s 747s will fly for the last time on a long-haul route. It’s bittersweet for us, as the airline has much newer aircraft that offer a superior experience, but, of course, there may never be another bird that matches the majesty and ardent following of the Queen of the Skies. United is partnering with TPG to invite 50 readers (and a guest) to the airline’s exclusive Family Day event in San Francisco. Here’s how to enter.

My SSSSpecial Day With the TSA at Newark Airport

If you’ve ever been “randomly selected” for enhanced screening at a US airport, the thought of seeing “SSSS” appear at the top of a boarding pass likely sends shivers down your spine. Join TPG Editor-at-Large Zach Honig as he takes you through a very… interesting… day with the TSA at Newark (EWR).

Should You Renew Your Chase Sapphire Reserve?

If you signed up for the Chase Sapphire Reserve Card last year when it was first released, your renewal date is coming up. Read on to see whether or not it’s worth it to pay the $450 annual fee again this year.

The Closest Thing You’ll Get to Premium Economy on United

United’s newly retrofitted 767-300ER feels like a totally new aircraft, and even comes with a few surprises. On certain flights, select seats in the back of the cabin that would otherwise be reserved for the crew rest are available to be purchased as Economy Plus seats — and they offer a lot more legroom than “normal” Economy Plus.

5 Things You Need to Know About United Airlines MileagePlus

Read up on the top five things you need to know about United’s MileagePlus program, which still offers solid redemptions on both United and partner metal.

10 Hot Hotels Opening in September 2017

Here’s a look at the coolest new hotels opening around the world this month.

The 11 Most Anticipated Restaurants Opening in the US This Fall

This fall is an exciting season in the restaurant world. Here’s a look at 11 restaurants opening around the country this fall that we can’t wait to check out.

In other news…

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Buy British Airways Avios for 2.059 Cents Apiece

London-based carrier British Airways is offering a buy miles promotion that lets you receive up to a 35% bonus in purchased miles when you buy up to 100,000 Avios. Note that it’s only available through September 29, 2017.

United 767-300ER Polaris Where to Sit

Check Your Inbox for a Targeted Offer From United

United’s offering select MileagePlus members the opportunity to earn a significant amount of miles after spending a certain amount of money with the airline. One TPG staffer was targeted to receive a whopping 94,500 miles after spending a total of $4,900.

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