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Miles & Points: The Week’s Best Frequent-Flyer Deals (Week of August 14, 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.

You Heard It Here: Delta’s Super-Secret Award Sale

Delta is having a sale on award travel to Europe. But you wouldn’t know it from perusing Delta’s website or reading its email announcements. Details here…

Say it Loud: ‘Restaurants, Turn Down the Volume’

Have restaurant noise levels gotten out of hand? Do you leave restaurants deafened and cross-eyed? You’re not alone. And no, it’s not an old-fogey problem.

‘Sorry, We’re Too Drunk to Operate This Flight’

What happens when an entire airline crew is too drunk to fly? Passengers just found out.

As Airline Profits Spike, Complaints Soar

It’s an increasingly familiar storyline: As the airlines’ profits spike, consumer satisfaction plunges. But there’s at least one airline that delivers both profits and satisfaction.

How to Earn a Quick, Easy 500 Spirit Miles

Through August 31, Free Spirit members can earn an easy 500 miles by registering for the program’s miles-for-dining program.

How to Survive This Summer’s Full Flights

The airlines are flying full. As in record-breaking full. As in claustrophobia-inducing full. Here’s how to mitigate the discomfort…

Starwood Boosts Sign-Up Bonus for SPG Credit Card

Through September 14, new customers for the Starwood Preferred Guest credit card can earn 30,000 bonus points after charging at least $3,000 to the card within three months.

Will Frequent Travel Be the Death of You?

Think travel is a healthful activity? A new study, ominously entitled “A Darker Side of Hypermobility,” argues that travel can actually be a killer.

Win a Royal Caribbean Cruise for 2

Enter the Royal Caribbean “Get More” sweepstakes by September 15 for a chance to win a cruise for two on Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas, including air and a $2,000 gift card.

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

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