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

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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.

Are Credit Card Rewards a Bubble Set to Burst?

Changes to the way banks charge merchants to accept credit card payments could make today’s lucrative mileage bonuses financially unfeasible.

Ouch!

Earn 30,000 Bonus Points for Ritz-Carlton Stays

Members of the Ritz-Carlton Rewards program who complete a four-night stay at a participating Ritz-Carlton hotel between July 15 and October 15 will earn 30,000 bonus points.

Odds of an American-US Air Merger Are on the Rise

Recent comments by American chief Tom Horton have amped up fears of a much-rumored merger between American and US Airways.

A New (Better?) Use for Your Miles: Online Games and Prizes

Are online games the solution to scarce award availability? Tim Winship weighs in.

US Airways Offers Double Miles for Washington Flights

Between July 7 and September 30, Dividend Miles members can earn double miles on all US Airways flights beginning or ending at Washington, D.C.’s Reagan National Airport.

Win a Trip for Four to Scotland

Enter VisitScotland’s “Brave” sweepstakes for a chance to win a five-night trip for four to Scotland, including air, hotels, some meals, tours, and a boat trip on the Loch Ness.

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

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