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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.

New from Aeroplan: Redeem Miles for Music

Aeroplan members may now redeem their miles for music, e-books, Facebook credits, games, and other apps through the Media Store.

Starwood Award Prices Will Change on March 1

As it does every year, Starwood has reviewed its entire portfolio of hotels and, based on some combination of average daily rates and occupancy levels, adjusted the award prices of approximately 220 of its 1,000-plus hotels.

The bad news outweighs the good.

Exchange Your Gift Cards for United Miles

Members of United’s MileagePlus program can now convert the balance remaining in their gift cards from more than 60 retailers into frequent flyer miles.

Neat, sure. But what kind of value do the exchanges deliver?

Upgrade to Sheraton Club Room and Bonus Points

Between February 21 and May 31, Starwood Preferred Guest members will earn a 1,000-point bonus for every Sheraton Club-level stay charged to an American Express card.

Pay more. Get more. Get rewarded. Not a bad premise for a promotion.

Win Up to 1 Million Southwest Rapid Rewards Points

Enter Southwest’s “Partner Palooza” sweepstakes by May 15 for a chance to win the grand prize: as many as 1 million Rapid Rewards points, plus a Companion Pass for one year, plus a check for up to $4,878 to cover the taxes associated with the prize.

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

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