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Each Saturday, we round up news stories that you might have missed from the week before. Here’s the top miles, points and travel news you might have missed on TPG this week.

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These Are the Top Countries to Visit if You’re (Only) an English Speaker

EF compiled a list of the countries you’ll feel most comfortable in if you don’t speak a lick of the native language.

How to Go on an Incredible Urban Safari for Just $282

You’ll get the full safari experience for just a fraction of the price.

Capital One Adds Airline TransferPartners, Offers Limited-Time Bonuses of up to 200,000 Miles

TPG’s brand new podcast announced the unprecedented additions to Capital One’s products.

Investigators examine engine parts from the ill-fated Lion Air flight JT 610 at a port in Jakarta on November 7, 2018, after they were recovered from the bottom of the Java sea. - The Indonesian Lion Air jet that plunged into the Java Sea on October 29, killing all 189 on board, had an air speed indicator problem on its fatal flight and on three previous journeys, the country

Boeing Withheld Key Information About Plane Involved in Lion Air Crash

Pilots and airlines didn’t know about an automated system that pushed the plane’s nose down in certain conditions.

Uber Launches Its Own Rewards Program — Here’s Everything You Need to Know

TPG’s take? “While the program isn’t insanely rewarding, it definitely has a solid return. . .”

Out of Africa in (Some) Style: RwandAir (A330) in Business From Kigali to London

TPG Managing Editor Alberto Riva tells how RwandaAir first class product lines up with other carriers.

Everything You Should Know About the Boeing 737 MAX After the Lion Air Crash

Jessica Puckett keeps everyone up to date with the Lion Air crash as new information rolls in.

In Other News. . .

JAL Double Mile Promotion to Celebrate the Launch of the Tokyo(Narita) – Seattle Route

Japan Airlines launches a new Tokyo – Seattle route and is giving flyers a chance to get double miles back.

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Delta adds Atlanta-Burbank service, connecting Hollywood with Atlanta’s booming film production industry

Atlanta acquires a new Burbank route on Delta as the film industry booms.

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American Airlines makes changes to bag fees.

  • The second checked bag fee has changed for flights to / from Haiti for tickets issued on / after Nov. 13, 2018 and for travel beginning Jan. 14, 2019.
  • If you’re flying to Guyana (GEO), Oaxaca, MX (OAX), Pereira, CO (PEI) or St. Vincent (SVD), you’ll be limited to two checked bags per person for travel between Nov. 15, 2018 and Jan. 13, 2019.
  • For travel to / from Port au Prince, Haiti and Honduras, a $40 – $55 second bag fee applies seasonally for tickets issued on / before Nov. 12, 2018 and a year-round second bag fee of $70 for travel to / from Port au Prince, Haiti applies for tickets issued on / after Nov. 13, 2018 and for travel beginning Jan. 14, 2019.
  • When flying to Cuba, AA is now charging for the second checked bag. Standard-sized first bag is free, and the second bag fee applies when returning back to Cuba.
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