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Miles & Points: The Week’s Best Frequent-Flyer Deals (Week of April 18, 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.

Spirit: Worst Airline or Misunderstood Do-Gooder?

In response to an article reporting Spirit Airlines’ status as the country’s most complained-about carrier, company CEO claims that the whiners just don’t understand his company.

Starwood Summer Promotion: Double, Triple Points

Between May 1 and July 31, Starwood Preferred Guest members can earn double points for stays at participating hotels, and triple points for stays that include a Sunday night.

J.D. Powers: Marriott’s Is Best Hotel Program

The best hotel loyalty program? According to the inaugural J.D. Power 2014 Hotel Loyalty/Rewards Program Satisfaction Report, it’s the Marriott Rewards program.

No More First Class on American’s 777-200ERs

Starting later this year, American will begin gradually reconfiguring its 47 Boeing 777-200ER jets. The planes will be fitted with a host of enhancements, but no first-class seats.

JetBlue Will Shift Some Flights to Washington

Beginning on June 16, JetBlue’s flight schedule will undergo significant modifications, as the airline cuts flights to make planes available for its new Washington, D.C. service.

United Discounts Mexico City Award Flights by 20%

Between April 15 and April 29, Mileage Plus members can book award tickets to Mexico City for 20 percent fewer miles. Discount applies to travel completed between May 1 and May 31.

Earn Double Miles for American Flights to Tokyo

Between April 9 and May 31, AAdvantage members can earn double miles for American flights to Tokyo. With the exception of the rather short promotion window, what’s not to like?

Latest in Alaska-Delta Feud: Higher Award Prices

The next step in the gradual dissolution of the Alaska-Delta tie-up begins on May 6, when Mileage Plan members will have to spend more miles for many award flights on Delta.

Win a ‘Dream Vacation’ from AARP

Enter the AARP Dream Vacation sweepstakes by May 25 for a chance to win one of six weekly grand prizes, including trips to Hawaii and Mexico, and a Caribbean cruise.

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

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