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$48 All Inclusive Resort in Dominican Republic…and United Finally Credits My Account

Welcome back. A few quick updates this morning:

– Travelzoo is promoting a deal via CheapCaribbean.com offering $48/night all-inclusive at the Lifestyle Tropical Beach Resort & Spa in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. That’s for 2 people. Crazy.

– I know you’ve been on the edge of your seat, but my long national nightmare is over: United has credited me my missing miles from my Auckland-Sydney flight I took on May 30th. As I said at the time, I’m pretty sure that if you fly in the Southern Hemisphere your points won’t post until it’s the same season in the Northern Hemisphere. So I flew in late fall in the Southern Hemisphere so I guess it makes (no) sense that it posts in late fall up here. Or something.

– The Flight Deal notes that TAM has flights to Buenos Aires from much of the US for under $400 this spring. That’s a very good deal, though remember that American Airlines only charges 40,000 miles for a roundtrip ticket to Brazil and Argentina from March through May. Use those miles!

– Brazilian lowfare carrier GOL will shut down its Webjet division while laying off 850 employees and returning 20 aircraft. A spokesperson said the fuel-guzzling older aircraft used by the airline made the company unable to control costs.

– You may remember that Ryanair jumped into Budapest after the shutdown of Malev. They’re rolling that back by about 40%, complaining that the airport’s costs are too high.

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