Hilton Garden Inn bed (Photo: Hilton Hotels Corporation)

Although Delta has a special marketing relationship with Starwood, it's not an exclusive arrangement. This joint promotion with Hilton is a repeat of similar bonuses offered in past years.

Offer Details

Through December 31, Hilton HHonors members can earn double miles plus 250 elite-qualifying miles for every stay of two or more nights at Hilton family hotels. (At Home2 Suites properties, the bonus is 100 miles per stay, plus 250 elite miles.)

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Man: Raised Arms Framing Sunset (Photo: Thinkstock/Hemera)

Pity the coach-class flyer (me, you, and the rest of the 99 percent). Even as travelers' height and girth have increased, coach-seat legroom has been steadily reduced.

Combine that seating squeeze with full flights—averaging 80-plus percent full, these days—and you have a recipe for claustrophobia and air rage.

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United's MileagePlus program has partners. Lots of partners. United wants you to remember that, and is offering bonus miles to reinforce the message.

Offer Details

Through November 20, MileagePlus members will receive a 30 percent bonus when earning miles with participating program partners they haven't earned miles with for at least 12 months. (United's airline partners and credit cards are categorically excluded from this offer.)

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Delta CEO Richard Anderson talks with agent (Photo: Delta)

Recent Delta headlines have told decidedly different stories, some with a good-news angle, some less so:

  • A $2.2 billion profit for the first half of 2015
  • A 5 percent decrease in unit revenue for September
  • A 14.5 percent pay raise for many of the airline's 80,000 workers

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Less than a week ago, I characterized Best Western Rewards as a "conservative and underutilized loyalty program."

Today, it's still a conservative program. But with two just-announced changes, it's a bit less so. And the very fact that the company has elected to focus on upgrading its rewards program may indicate a willingness to use it more aggressively in the future. More generous promotions, anyone?

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Alaska- Whale Tail at Sunset (Photo: iStockPhoto/Paul Wolf)

Enter the Holland America "Best of Alaska" sweepstakes by March 31, 2016, for a chance to win the grand prize: a 10-day Holland America Line Alaska Denali Land+Sea Journey trip, including a seven-day cruise, overnight stays in Denali and Fairbanks, and most meals. (Prize does not include air to/from cruise.)

To enter, provide the requested contact information (name, email, etc.) on the sweepstakes landing page and press "Submit." Done! Time required to participate: less than 30 seconds.

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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.

United's New CEO: Yes, We Suck

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Hotel: Breakfast in Bed (Photo: Thinkstock/Stockbyte)

In recent years, Club Carlson promotions have been among the standouts among special offers from the major hotel chains. The latest is no exception.

Offer Details

Through December 31, Club Carlson members can earn 15,000 bonus points for one eligible stay at any Park Inn hotel in the U.S., Canada, or Latin America.

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With a network of more than 4,100 hotels, Best Western is among the largest of the major hotel chains. But due to a combination of general corporate passivity and a conservative and underutilized loyalty program, the company gets less attention than other comparably scaled hotel groups.

This week's unveiling of GLo, a new, hip brand, should help the company garner a bigger share of the spotlight. According to Best Western, "Glo smashes the suburban cookie-cutter hotel mold with an iconic design and contemporary and energetic boutique brand, created for secondary, suburban and highway locations."

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United: Docked Planes (Photo: Shutterstock/Songquan Deng)

The friendly skies, it turns out, weren't so friendly after all.

Today, in full-page ads in a handful of major newspapers, United's new CEO, Oscar Munoz, admitted that "the journey hasn't always been smooth."

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