Miles & Points (Photo: Shutterstock)

If it's a good deal (or a notably bad one), you can read all about it here, and plan your travel accordingly. ... read more»

Mexico: Los Cabos Arch (Photo: Patricia MagaƱa)

Between August 24 and September 9, IHG Rewards members can book award nights at 12 hotels in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean for 50% fewer points, for stays through October 31. ... read more»

Hotel: Concierge Bell (Photo: Shutterstock/Levent Konuk)

Between September 1 and December 31, Hilton HHonors members can earn double points for weekday stays and triple points on weekends at all 4,300-plus Hilton HHonors hotels. ... read more»

Airport: Couple - Standing, Staring Out (Photo: Shutterstock/Gwoeii)

In what looks to be a developing trend, airfares were down 5.6% in July, the biggest drop in almost 20 years. Time to dust off the rollaboard and check the expiration date on your passport. ... read more»

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Photo: Colin Paterson)

What's even better than an award trip to South America? A discounted award trip to South America, of course!

Between August 19 and November 30, United MileagePlus members can book coach-class award flights between the U.S. or Canada and Brazil or Chile for 25 percent fewer miles.

The normal award price is 60,000 miles, which falls to 45,000 miles with the discount.

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Photo: Index Open

Longtime Marriott loyalists fondly recall the days when the company's recurring MegaBonus promotions could be counted on to deliver great value, typically featuring a free night at a lower-category hotel after two qualifying paid stays.

Arise and awake! The MegaBonus is mega no more, and hasn't been for awhile, notwithstanding Marriott's continued (and somewhat misleading) use of that catchy name.

Depending on whether your expectations are low or high, this latest MegaBonus will either live up or down to them.

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Airport Lounge: Young Couple Near Sign for Airport Lounge (Photo: Holidayextras via flickr/CC Attribution)

If you've visited an airline's airport lounges recently, you know: The lounges are often crowded, offering little of the promised relief from the hustle-bustle of the public departure area just outside the doors.

For its part, Delta last year upped lounge-membership prices by as much as 54 percent, and excluded complimentary guest access as a benefit of the American Express Platinum and American Express Delta Reserve cards. Delta claimed the moves were made to "maintain the Club's exclusive atmosphere." No doubt the airline had one eye on its bottom line as well.

Next up: United. The airline has begun posting signs throughout its network announcing its own change to current lounge policy. Beginning on August 18, 2016, "all United Club customers, including members, will only be eligible to access United Club locations if they have a same-day boarding pass."

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Woman in a hammock looking at cruise ships (Photo: Jeff Clow/iStockphoto)

When did "free trip" become an oxymoron?

In the world of airline loyalty programs, it's been years since an award flight came unencumbered with all manner of fees, including the so-called fuel surcharges that can run up the cost of that nominally free flight to stratospheric levels.

And when it comes to sweepstakes featuring prize trips—which seem to have much of the same aspirational allure as mileage awards—the winners have always borne a significant cost: federal and sometimes state taxes assessed on the value of the trip.

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(Photo: Flight Attendant via Shutterstock)

If you're a fan of travel, you have surely wondered what it's like to live the life of a flight attendant. After all, how many jobs pay you to fly hither and yon? Put you up in nice hotels between workdays? And throw in even more travel, for free, as a leisure-time perk?

Here's an unflinching glimpse of the nitty-gritty of the job submitted by one of our readers, who happens to be the significant other of a working flight attendant. It will probably cure you of any aspirations you harbor to join the ranks of the airlines' beleaguered flight attendants. And even if you've never aspired to the high life, it's a perspective worth having as your travels inevitably bring you into contact with the crewmembers whose job it is to make your trip safe and pleasant.

There's been so much conversation about how lousy the airlines are these days, I thought I might offer some comments on one side of the issue that I've learned over the past 15 months: How flight attendants (FAs) are viewed and (mis-) treated. Not so much by us passengers, but by their employers.

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Passport: US Passport, Glass Globe, Keyboard (Photo: Thinkstock/Hemera)

Enter the LATAM Airlines "Colombia Green & Gold" sweepstakes by September 4, 2015, for a chance to win the grand prize: a seven-day trip for two to Colombia (three days in Tayrona National Park and four days in Bogota), including air, hotels, tours, travel gear, and outerwear.

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 15 seconds.

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