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Miles & Points: The Week’s Best Frequent-Flyer Deals (Week of August 1, 2014)

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.

Customer Service Fail: United’s Apology Letter

United’s haplessness was on vivid display this week, when a response letter from the carrier’s Customer Care unit to a passenger’s complaint went viral on Reddit.

Healthy Eating on the Road Is No Picnic

Eating healthfully on the road is a challenge that gets the better of many travelers.

How to Check Hotel Wi-Fi Speed Before Checking In

Connected travelers have two questions when it comes to hotel Wi-Fi. First, is it free? And second, how fast is it? A new website provides answers to that second question.

Airlines Misbehave More, Pay More Fines

Since beefing up consumer-protection rules in 2010, the number of citations issued against U.S. airlines by the Department of Transportation has nearly doubled.

Tipping Is Bad and We Need to Stop Doing It

A new generation of American restaurants is eschewing the traditional tip-for-service in favor of all-in pricing for meals. It’s a trend long in coming, and long overdue.

Delta Adds Free In-Flight Entertainment for All

Finally, some good news for coach flyers. Delta is rolling out free video programming for everyone.

Earn 70K Bonus Points for a Marriott Credit Card

For a limited time, the sign-up bonus for the Marriott Premier Visa has been upped to 70,000 points, after charging $2,000 within three months. There are also free nights on offer.

PointBreaks: IHG Award Nights for 5,000 Points

IHG Rewards (formerly Priority Club Rewards) has released its latest list of PointBreaks hotels available for booking for just 5,000 points per night through September 30.

Win a Five-Day Trip for Two to Bora Bora

Enter the Pearl Vodka “Rare Escape” sweepstakes by September 1 for a chance to win a five-day trip to Bora Bora, including air, hotel, meals, a tour, and $1,000 in spending money.

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

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