Travel News: October 15, 2019

Punta Cana Dominican Republic

United Upends Loyalty Program to Prioritize Dollars Over Miles

A new era of airline loyalty programs has arrived. United Airlines announced this week that the criteria for elite qualification in its MileagePlus loyalty program would change dramatically next year. Starting in January of 2020, United’s loyalty members will earn elite status based on Premier Qualifying Flights and Premier Qualifying Segments only.

Flight miles, the traditional metric by which frequent flyers used to earn status, are no longer going to be considered.


Dominican Republic Says It Lost 100,000 Visitors This Year
Travel Pulse

A Dominican Republic media outlet says the country lost 100,000 visitors between January and September of this year compared to 2018—and blames it on “negative media attacks” on the popular island.

Dominican Today wrote that the Dominican Republic received more than 4.3 million visitors during the first nine months of 2018, compared to 4.2 international vacationers this year.


Cleanup of Hard Rock Hotel could take weeks or months, officials say
The Daily Advertiser

Rescue crews on Sunday searched for a worker missing in the partial collapse of a New Orleans hotel that was under construction, their work proceeding cautiously amid fears about the stability of the structure, authorities said.

Officials declined to say if they have any indication whether the missing worker is alive after Saturday’s collapse. New Orleans Fire Chief Tim McConnell said they are treating their work as a rescue mission until they have evidence the missing person is dead along with two other people killed when a large part of the Hard Rock Hotel project crashed down near the city’s historic French Quarter.


Norwegian Cruise Line passengers demand refunds after ship skips several scheduled stops

Angry Norwegian Cruise Line passengers wasted no time voicing their frustration after disembarking from the ship Friday in England, according to reports.

Photos and videos shared on social media showed upset passengers on board Norwegian Cruise Line’s “Mystical Fjords” tour. Due to alleged severe weather conditions, the ship canceled several port stops.

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