Travel Talk: The Points Guy Awards, Flights to the North Pole & More

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Travel Talk: The Points Guy Awards, Flights to the North Pole & More

In this week’s edition of Travel Talk, we’re recapping the top loyalty programs and travel providers from the 2019 The Points Guy Awards. In addition, we’re sharing how United treated 150 lucky children and their families to the ‘North Pole’, Punta Cana’s safety promise, and more.

Read on for the full list of the Top Travel Providers 2019 news stories from around the web this week.

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Which Loyalty Programs and Top Travel Providers Won at the 2019 The Points Guy Awards This Year?

The 2019 TPG (The Points Guy) Awards were held this past weekend. The show highlights the best travel providers, credit cards and loyalty programs in 2019 based largely by TPG readers’ votes. The article highlights the best U.S. airline loyalty program, best hotel loyalty program and more. Head to the link below to read the full list of winners.



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Punta Cana Hotels Offer Safety Promise

In order to re-affirm tourist confidence in the wake of media coverage which highlighted recent tourist deaths at Dominican Republic resorts, thirteen major hotel operators announced a commitment to a set of security standards and safety guidelines under the “Punta Cana Promise” program. Participating companies include RIU Hotels & Resorts, Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts, AMResorts, Melia Hotels & Resorts, Grand Palladium Hotels & Resorts, Iberostar Hotels & Resorts, Majestic Resorts, Princess Hotels & Resorts, H10 Hotels, Catalonia Hotels & Resorts, Excellence Resorts, and Grand Sirenis Hotels. Read more about the “Punta Cana Promise” at the link below.



United’s Fantasy Flight Transports Children in Need, Families to ‘North Pole’

Last Saturday, 150 children and their families boarded a United Airlines flight from Washington Dulles International Airport to the North Pole. This is the 30th year that United Airlines and Children’s Hospice International have organized this program, which brings joy to families with children battling life-threatening illnesses. The “top secret” flight path lasted about 30-40 minutes and arrived at Gate D29. When the families exited the aircraft, the gate was decorated like Santa’s Workshop at the North Pole. For more details, click the link below.



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Tourists Endangered During Deadly Volcanic Eruption in New Zealand

Earlier this week, a volcanic eruption on White Island off the coast of New Zealand occurred. Yesterday, rescue efforts became more difficult and complicated due to a magnitude 5.3 earthquake that struck near the area of Gisborne. Only 47 people wer on the island, and 38 of them were from the cruise ship Ovation of the Seas. For more details about this terrible tragedy and what you can do to help at the link below.



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Southwest’s New Enhancement to Tracking Travel Funds

Frequent travelers love Southwest Airlines due to the ease at which you can cancel and change flights. However, it’s technology has not always been user-friendly in terms of tracking refund vouchers. When a traveler cancels a Southwest flight for a nonrefundable reservation, Southwest issues them a Travel Fund voucher. In theory, this is a great system. The problem arises when travelers go back to find their Travel Fund numbers to redeem their vouchers. Now, for all flights canceled on or after December 3, 2019, Southwest will keep track of your Southwest Travel Funds for you. In addition, your points will appear in your account on both the desktop site and your app. Read more about this handy update at the link below.



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