Following is our regular summary of the latest travel news and best frequent traveler promotions reviewed during the past week.
If it was a good deal—or a notably bad deal—from an airline, hotel, or car rental loyalty program, you can read all about it here, and plan your travel accordingly.
In a novel mashup of an airline mileage program and an opaque booking site, United has partnered with Hotwire to offer MileagePlus members hotel room-night awards for fewer miles.
For the foreseeable future, planes will fly at least 80% full. That means more discomfort for travelers: longer boarding lines, less overhead space, and more claustrophobia.
Members of Spirit Airlines' Free Spirit program can now earn up to five miles per $1 spent on meals at 10,000 participating restaurants.
Members of American's AAdvantage program can now earn and redeem miles on Qatar flights. There's an important caveat on the earning side, however.
Southwest began notifying Rapid Rewards members that, effective on March 31, 2014, their points will be worth less.
Through November 30, IHG Rewards Club members can earn gift cards worth up to $100 for qualifying stays at Holiday Inn Club Vacations hotels.
This week's change in Delta's award-naming scheme has given rise to skepticism among SkyMiles members, who suspect there's more to the new names than meets the eye.
Enter to win one of five grand prizes, each consisting of a trip for two to Paris, including air, three nights' hotel, $1,000 spending money, and one dinner.
Somebody has to win, right? Might as well be you.