Hotel: Couple Laying on Bed (Photo: Thinkstock/Jupiterimages)

For those who prefer to earn airline miles for their hotel stays, here's another option for travel this fall and winter.

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Through January 31, Starwood Preferred Guest members can earn 1,000 bonus Delta miles for stays booked on the AIRPRODL rate plan of two or more nights at participating Starwood hotels.

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Passenger Sleeping at Airport Lounge (Photo: iStockphoto/Philartphace)

In the aftermath of United's abrupt dismissal of its discredited CEO, Jeff Smisek, and the appointment of Oscar Munoz as his replacement, the media, both mainstream and social, has been abuzz with questions and predictions. Trending: How will Munoz fix what Smisek broke?

In an email to members of United's MileagePlus program, Munoz outlined his plans to regain travelers' trust and revive the airline's fortunes. Rather than a few choice outtakes, the entire message reads as follows:

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Bonus miles for flights? These days, not much.

With the airlines flying more than 80 percent full, there's been little reason to offer anything in the way of extra incentives recently.

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Uber, it seems, aspires to nothing less than world dominance. But with grand ambitions come high hurdles.

The company is fighting battles in many corners of the world, confronting such contentious issues as workers' rights and passengers' safety. And then there's the pushback from established taxi services, which has ranged in form from expensive behind-the-scenes lobbying initiatives to rowdy street protests.

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<H2>The View From Coach</h2>

This is the view most people will have aboard a Virgin flight, and it's not a bad one. The seats are comfortable and roomy, despite an unspectacular <a href="" target="_blank">32 inches of legroom</a> (12 Cabin Select seats have 35 inches). The seats are designed to be lower to the ground, which pulls your knees away from the seat in front of you. The onboard entertainment system is robust and fun to use, ordering meals from your seat is convenient, and the mood lighting (if that's your thing) lends a unique and soothing atmosphere to the stylish cabin. 

Still, I couldn't help but think that all these bells and whistles were merely distractions from the fact that hardly anything onboard is complimentary. Meals, snacks, and drinks cost between $3 and $10, movies are a hefty $8, and in-flight Wi-Fi sets you back $9.95 for flights under three hours and $12.95 for longer trips. Of course, how much you want to purchase is up to you, and the cabin <i>is</i> really cool.

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Does it ever seem that flying and getting sick go hand-in-hand? While I've never seen the correlation proven with any degree of scientific rigor, it's a commonly held notion, and one that makes sense. All those bodies, with all their various germs, enclosed in a hermetically sealed tube, breathing recycled air for several hours. The odds of catching someone else's cold, or worse, have to skyrocket.

Short of donning a hazmat suit for your next flight, there's no surefire way to protect yourself from germs on a plane. But knowing where they tend to disproportionately congregate will at least allow you to exercise extra caution where it's most likely to be needed.

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This isn't the first time Best Western has offered a gift card after two stays. But whereas past promotions have featured a $50 gift card, this new offer features a gift card worth just half that.

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Between September 8 and November 22, Best Western Rewards members will earn a $25 Best Western Travel Card after two qualifying stays. The travel card must be redeemed on or before January 4, 2016.

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Despite the veneer of fierce competition, airlines function within an industry ecosystem that thrives on cooperation. Airlines pass bags back and forth when passengers make connections between different carriers. They accept each other's tickets. And when one airline cancels a flight, there are normally agreements in place that allow that carrier to transfer affected passengers to another airline, at a pre-negotiated rate.

All of these bilateral linkages fall under a master contract, known as an interline agreement. Interline agreements are good for the airlines, inasmuch as they help keep sales and operations working smoothly; and they're good for travelers, who benefit from more or less seamless connections when a trip requires flying on more than one airline, and when an otherwise single-airline trip is disrupted.

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Puerto Rico Beach and Promenade (Photo: Thinkstock/iStockphoto)

Enter the Margaritaville "Riddles in the Sand" sweepstakes by October 31, 2015, for a chance to win the grand prize: a six-night trip for two to Puerto Rico, including air, accommodations, and an $800 American Express gift card.

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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Hotel: Bed and Two Nightstands (Photo: Thinkstock/Jupiterimages)

Over the past several years, Choice's recurring promotional offer has been 8,000 points after two stays.

Sometimes it's promoted as such: 8,000 points after two stays. More often though, the headline promotes either a free night or a gift card—both of which are available for 8,000 points.

For its latest promotion, the featured bonus is again the free night. But what you're really earning is 8,000 Choice Privileges points—enough to redeem for a free night at one of 1,500 lower-priced hotels in the Choice network.

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