Is the Dominican Republic Safe for Tourists, and More Stories From This Week

Jun 15, 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:

How to Fly American’s Lie-Flat Business Class Seats Domestically From June – August

Here’s JT Genter’s breakdown of how to get on AA’s best products in the coming months.

A driver uses an Uber Technologies Inc. car service app on a mobile device while driving in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017. Uber Technologies Inc.s net loss widened to $1.46 billion in the third quarter, according to people with knowledge of the matter, as the ride-hailing leader struggled to fend off competition, legal challenges and regulatory scrutiny. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Uber’s CEO Reveals His Passenger Rating, and Tips on How to Increase Yours

The CEO said, “it’s not as good as I like,” when it comes to his rating.

Photo courtesy of Universal Orlando

Would You Wait 10 Hours for the Latest Harry Potter Ride, Hagrid’s Coaster?

Harry Potter fans made their presence known on the ride’s opening day.

Havana, Cuba downtown skyline.

You Can Still Go to Cuba as an American — But There’s a Catch

Getting to Cuba isn’t exactly impossible.

Southwest Keeps 737 MAX Off Schedule Into September

The grounding continues. . .

Emirates' new 2-2-2 business class on the 777-200LR. Photo by Zach Honig.

Emirates Rolls out ‘Basic’ Biz-Class Fares with No Lounge Access or Seat Selection

There’s a new ‘basic’ in town and it’s not in economy.

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. (Photo by Justin Aikin / Unsplash)

Is the Dominican Republic Safe for Tourists?

With the recent events occurring in the Dominican Republic, many have questioned the destination’s safety for tourists.

Dive Bahrain sends its centerpiece 747 out to sea ahead of the dive site's planned August opening.

Queen of the Seas? Boeing 747 Dive Site Will Open in August

We love a versatile queen.

Amex Details New Centurion Lounge, Escape Lounge Coming to Phoenix

Amex Cardholders: Get ready.

Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort

Hilton Honors Program Shift Pushes Some Award Rates Higher

Many redemption rates are being pushed 5,000 points higher than they used to be.

(Photo by Summer Hull / The Points Guy)

Check If You’re Targeted to Earn a 25% Spend Bonus on Your Southwest Credit Card

You could be one of the lucky ones.

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