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Miles & Points: The Week’s Best Frequent-Flyer Deals (Week of August 15, 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.

Virgin America Flight Attendants Vote in Union
The votes are in, and 58 percent of Virgin America’s flight attendants have raised their hands in favor of joining the Transportation Workers Union.

Discounted IHG Award Stays in Mexico, Caribbean

Members of the IHG Rewards Club program can book stays between September 1 and October 31 for half the normally required number of points at 12 hotels in Mexico and the Caribbean.

Delta Upgrades Airport Lounge Food

On August 14, Delta will unveil a new menu of complimentary breakfast, lunch, and dinner items available in its airport lounges.

Marriott Downsizes Its Next MegaBonus Promotion

Between September 15, 2014, and January 15, 2015, Marriott Rewards members can earn double points for the second and subsequent stays, up to a maximum of 25,000 bonus points.

3,000 Bonus Miles for Rocketmiles Hotel Bookings

First-time Rocketmiles users can earn a one-time bonus of 3,000 Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles for bookings made at eligible hotels by September 30.

Sign-Up Bonus for Delta Credit Card: 50,000 Miles

Through September 8, three Delta SkyMiles cards come bundled with a 50,000-mile bonus after using the cards to make purchases of at least $1,000 within three months.

Frontier Scales Back Elite Perks

Next year, Frontier will replace its two-tier elite program with a single-tier program that sheds many of the current perks. Is this any way to treat your best customers?

BusinessWeek Calls U.S. Airlines Greedy, Inept

According to a new BusinessWeek article, carriers in the U.S. enjoy the highest profits (good for their share prices) and deliver the shoddiest service (bad for flyers).

Win a Five-Day Trip for Four to Orlando

Enter the VisitOrlando “Family Vacation” sweepstakes by September 30 for a chance to win a five-day trip to Orlando for four, including air, hotel, and tickets to Walt Disney World.

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

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