How to use a smartphone to photograph the Northern Lights

Written by Zach Honig @ The Points Guy

Last year, while my fellow passengers were fast asleep, I was fortunate enough to catch the elusive Northern Lights on a very special delivery flight. TPG and I were traveling on Singapore Airlines’ first 787-10 Dreamliner from Charleston, South Carolina, to Osaka, Japan, and finally on to Changi Airport. As our flight approached the state …

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United unlikely to offer elite upgrade extensions this year

Written by Zach Honig @ The Points Guy

There appears to be another unfortunate casualty of United’s new PlusPoints program — in addition to the reduced earning rate we just learned about as part of the carrier’s changes to elite qualification, kicking in Jan. 1, 2020. In the past, United has offered Premier 1K and Global Services members an opportunity to extend the …

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United bringing massive ‘high-J’ business cabin to more Chicago flights

Written by Zach Honig @ The Points Guy

United Airlines flyers in Chicago will soon have even more opportunities to score business-class awards and upgrades on flights to London. Beginning Nov. 14, all three of United’s Chicago (ORD)-London (LHR) flights will be operated by the carrier’s unique “high-J” Boeing 767-300ER, with a massive Polaris business cabin that sports a total of 46 seats …

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Samsung simplifies subway fare payments with Tap&Pay

Written by Zach Honig @ The Points Guy

For years, New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has been talking up plans to replace the MetroCard — an often-buggy, anything-but-modern payment card used at fare gates throughout NYC and the surrounding areas. Finally, a new contactless-payment solution has begun popping up, and smart wallet platforms have been working hard to help get the …

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United’s regional and global upgrade process is changing with PointsPlus

Written by Zach Honig @ The Points Guy

We have some big news to share on today’s episode of Talking Points! Brian Kelly had a chance to sit down with Luc Bondar, United Airlines’ Vice President of Loyalty, to dig into some significant changes coming to the airline’s frequent-flyer program, MileagePlus. Luc explains the carrier’s new PointsPlus upgrade system, enabling more flexible upgrades …

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United changes upgrades for the better with PlusPoints

Written by Zach Honig @ The Points Guy

Whenever an airline reaches out with “changes” to a loyalty program, I get a sinking feeling in my stomach. United’s recent email was no exception, though my momentary unease was quickly put to rest. This week, United is introducing an entirely new currency, called PlusPoints. Unlike MileagePlus miles, which can be redeemed for flights, merchandise …

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Marriott now enforcing limit on Points Advance reservations

Written by Zach Honig @ The Points Guy

When Marriott announced changes to its Bonvoy loyalty program, which kicked in on Sept. 14, 2019, the chain explained that its new limit on Points Advance reservations was more of a polite suggestion, leading us to explain that “Marriott is requesting that members limit themselves to three active Points Advance reservations at a time.” Now, …

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These are the world’s best United Clubs

Written by Zach Honig @ The Points Guy

United offers a fantastic new hangout called the Polaris Lounge, but access is limited to business- or first-class passengers traveling on a long-haul United Polaris or partner flight — even top-tier elites aren’t able to get in unless they’re booked on the “right” flights. There’s not even an option to join as a member or …

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Apple’s camera killer: A review of the iPhone 11 Pro Max

Written by Zach Honig @ The Points Guy

It’s been a confusing few weeks for smartphone upgraders. Last month, Samsung began shipping its Galaxy Note10, easily one of the most powerful devices on the market, and a fantastic fit for travelers overall — especially those with larger hands, given the device’s jumbo footprint. But Apple enthusiasts had an inkling that something big was in …

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Apple Card now offering more categories with 3% cash back

Written by Zach Honig @ The Points Guy

The Apple Card has only been available for a few weeks, but the company has already taken steps to boost rewards, adding merchants that offer 3% cash back — or “Daily Cash,” as Apple calls it. First, Uber and Walgreens (including Duane Reade stores) joined purchases at Apple‘s own stores as the only third-party 3% …

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7 travel must-haves with Apple’s new iPhone 11s, Series 5 Watch

Last month, I reviewed the most powerful smartphone I’ve ever come across: Samsung’s Galaxy Note10+. While that device does almost everything I need it to — I especially love the ultra-wide camera — I haven’t been able to give up my iPhone entirely. The biggest reason? Messages support — I’m just not ready to “go …

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United is offering a 10% discount for young-adult flyers

Written by Zach Honig @ The Points Guy

Are you a smartphone or tablet-owning United MileagePlus member between the ages of 18 and 22? Ding ding ding — you qualify for an oddly specific new United promotion! Now through December 31, 2019, United Airlines is offering young-adult flyers an opportunity to save 10% on paid fares booked through the carrier’s mobile app. In …

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