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.
Can Southwest continue raising fares and maintain its corporate identity as a friendly, low-priced carrier?
Through December 12, SkyMiles members can redeem fewer miles for award flights between New York and San Juan, Santiago, Santo Domingo, Port-au-Prince, Nassau, and Bermuda.
Beginning this week, members of Virgin America's Elevate program can earn and redeem points for flights on Emirates, with service to 135 destinations in 76 countries.
Orbitz this week introduced its own loyalty program, Orbitz Rewards, to compete with the rewards schemes of Expedia and Hotels.com.
Through May 31, 2014, Mileage Plan members can earn double elite-qualifying miles on Alaska Air flights on six routes to and from Seattle.
Between October 21 and November 21, MileagePlus members can earn double miles for United or United Express flights within the 48 continental United States.
Enter the Pepsi Unbelievable Taste Escapes sweepstakes by November 17, 2013, for a chance to win one of four trips for two to a beach, city, country, or mountain location.
Somebody has to win, right? Might as well be you.