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Recap: The Week’s Biggest Travel Stories and Best Deals

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.

The 10 Best and Worst Airports in America (2017 Edition)

The airport plays a big part in the overall travel experience. Here are the airports where you can expect the best, and the worst.

Uber Loses Its License to Operate in London

If London’s transport authority has its way, the city may soon be Uber-less, as the ride-share company doesn’t operate in a “fit and proper” manner.

Earn a Free Night After 2 Marriott Stays

Through January 15, 2018, Marriott Rewards members can earn a free night at a Category 1-5 hotel after two paid stays, plus an extra bonus for more stays.

American or Southwest: Which Is the No-Frills Airline?

The latest plane orders by American and Southwest suggest that flights on the no-frills carrier will be more comfortable than the full-service carrier’s.

Best Western Offers Bonus Points and an Award Discount

Best Western is upping its loyalty game with a bonus for paid stays and a discount on free award nights.

How to Use Hilton Points to Shop on Amazon

Members of Hilton’s Honors program can now use their points to purchase merchandise from Amazon. Should they?

You Have to Shop to Travel. Do You Also Travel to Shop?

Travelers travel to shop. That’s the finding of a new MasterCard study that ranks 132 cities worldwide by visitor volume and spending.

Would You Board a Self-Flying Plane?

While they’ll be longer in coming than driverless cars, pilotless planes are almost certain to be a part of the future travel landscape. Ready or not …

Win 2 Tickets to Anywhere United Flies

Enter the United “Dream Destination” sweepstakes by October 4, 2017, for a chance to win one of five travel certificates for two roundtrip coach tickets good for travel on any United flights, domestic or international.

Somebody has to win this trip, right? Might as well be you.

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After 20 years working in the travel industry, and 15 years writing about it, Tim Winship knows a thing or two about travel. Follow him on Twitter @twinship.

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