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Miles & Points: The Week’s Best Frequent-Flyer Deals (Week of April 10, 2015)

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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.

Are You Leaving Frequent-Flyer Miles on the Table?

You do earn miles by shopping at the airlines’ mileage malls, right? If not, you’re missing an opportunity to bolster your account balance without spending an extra penny.

US Airways Operates Final Flights

US Airways is gone. Well, it’s gone as far as the U.S. government is concerned. That’s because today, American received a single operating certificate from the FAA.

To Do: Combine Your American, US Air Accounts

Beginning this week, members of the American and US Air programs whose accounts were not automatically merged can manually combine their accounts.

The Future of Travel Is in Millennials’ Hands

Millennials are the largest generation ever, at more than 80 million in the U.S. alone. Which makes what they want important, because it’s what everyone is likely to get.

Virgin America to Launch Hawaii Flights

Virgin America today announced that it will begin flying to Hawaii later this year. San Francisco-Honolulu flights begin on November 2; San Francisco-Maui flights launch on December 3.

FAA Cites ‘Systemic’ Hazard at United

The FAA has put United on notice of its concerns that mandatory pilot-qualification and scheduling procedures were not being adhered to.

Carlson Offers Triple Points, and More

Between April 6 and June 28, members of Carlson’s Club Carlson program can earn triple points for stays at all Carlson family hotels, plus 1,000 bonus points for mobile-app bookings.

From Best Western: a $50 Gift Card After Two Stays

Between April 6 and May 25, Best Western Rewards members will earn a $50 Best Western Travel Card after two qualifying stays.

Win a Trip to Ireland or Scotland (or $20,000)

Enter the Xfinity “Watchathon” sweepstakes by April 12 for a chance to win $20,000, or one of two runner-up prizes: six-day trips for two to either Ireland or Scotland.

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

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