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Miles & Points: The Week’s Best Frequent-Flyer Deals (Week of April 11, 2014)

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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.

America’s Most Complained-About Airline: Spirit

A new study finds that Spirit generates three times as many complaints as the next most complained-about airline. Is that the price of cheap tickets?

Is Southwest Set to Become a Leader in Coach Comfort?

When Southwest begins taking delivery of its Boeing 737 Max jets, the company will gain bragging rights to coach seating that offers more elbow room than many of its competitors.

Hilton’s 2014 Award-Price Adjustments Are Benign

Hard on the heels of InterContinental’s announcement that award prices would remain mostly unchanged for 2014, Hilton has made a similar promise regarding HHonors award pricing.

IHG Promises No Award-Price Increases for 2014

At least for the remainder of 2014, IHG Rewards members can rest assured that award nights at more than 70 percent of IHG’s hotels can still be booked for 20,000 or fewer points.

American Downgrades AAdvantage Awards

American’s announcement that it will make a major change in award pricing for travel from June 1 amounts to a significant devaluation of the program.

Airline Quality Report Rates Winners, Losers

The 2014 Airline Quality Rating was published this week with its annual review and rankings of U.S. airlines’ performance during the previous year.

100% Share-Miles Bonus from US Airways ‘Til April 13

Dividend Miles members can earn as much as a 100 percent bonus when sharing miles with other Dividend Miles members.

From Best Western: $50 Gift Card After Two Stays

Rewards members will earn a $50 Best Western Travel Card after two qualifying stays.

Win a Business-Class Trip to Singapore for Two

Enter the Singapore Airlines “Travel in Luxury” sweepstakes by April 30 for a chance to win a trip for two to Singapore, including business-class tickets on Singapore Airlines.

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

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