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Miles & Points: The Week’s Best Frequent Flyer Deals

Following is our regular summary of the 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.

American CEO Wants Airline to Go It Alone

American’s top manager on Thursday met with the airline’s pilots union to argue against a merger with US Airways. The pilots remain unconvinced, leaving American’s future murky.

Holiday Flight Forecast: Long Lines, Full Planes

Airlines for America, a trade group representing U.S. airlines, is forecasting that around 42 million passengers will fly between Monday, December 17 and Wednesday, January 6.

Starwood’s Upcoming Bonus: Up to 18,000 Points

Between January 15 and April 15, 2013, Starwood Preferred Guest members can earn up to 18,000 bonus Starpoints for stays at any Starwood group hotel.

American’s New Fares: “Simpler – With Options”

American today rolled out a significant change to its pricing, and to the way fares are displayed on the website. The promise: “Simpler—With Options.”

For a 10% Discount, Book With a British Air Visa

Through December 31, 2013, British Airways Visa cardholders will receive a 10 percent discount on British Airways round-trip tickets charged to the card.

What the Delta-Virgin Atlantic Tie-Up Means for Travelers

If the deal is approved, Delta will own 49 percent of Virgin Atlantic, resulting in better frequent-flyer benefits but also higher transatlantic airfares.

American and US Airways on Final Approach to Merger

Bankrupt American is now contemplating what many feel would be its final and greatest blunder: merging with US Airways. A US Airways-American merger: Yay or nay?

Earn Up to 8,000 Bonus Points at Best Western

Rather than a systemwide promotion, Best Western is offering several region-specific bonuses of up to 8,000 points for stays through January 31, 2013.

Win Trips to Next Year’s NFL Away Games

Enter the Courtyard by Marriott Greatness on the Road sweepstakes by February 3, 2013, for a chance to win trips for two to eight NFL away games during the 2013 season.

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

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