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Miles & Points: The Week’s Best Frequent-Flyer Deals (Week of August 22, 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.

The Beginning of the End for JetBlue

Upcoming changes to its business model are being applauded by investors. But for travelers, JetBlue’s best days may be behind it.

Uber Positioned to Dominate Car-Share Space

In the burgeoning ride-share arena, it’s been a two-horse race between Uber and Lyft. But Uber’s growing network of business partners gives it a decided edge.

Airline to Perfume Its Aircraft Cabins

The aroma, dubbed Mediterraneo, has three layers: ‘Top notes of lemon, Bergamot, and citrus blossoms are followed by a floral heart of rose, iris, and jasmine, and undertones of white musk, vanilla, and sandalwood.’

Airline Loyalty? Not Much!

Do airline loyalty schemes actually foster loyalty among the programs’ millions of members? Not much, according to new research by TheStreet.

National’s ‘One-Two-Free’ Promotion Is Back

Through early next year, members of National’s Emerald Club will earn enough points for a free rental day after every two paid rentals of two or more days.

Hyatt’s Fall Promotion – Nice but Not for All

Between September 1 and November 30, Gold Passport members — some Gold Passport members, that is — can earn up to 50,000 bonus points for Hyatt hotel stays.

The World’s Seven Most Entertaining Airports

Stuck at the airport? Here are seven airports where you’d be happy to make a long stopover or suffer a mechanical delay.

Marriott Downsizes Its Next MegaBonus Promotion

Marriott Rewards members can earn double points for the second and subsequent stays, up to a maximum of 25,000 bonus points.

Win a Three-Night Trip for Two to London

Win a three-night trip to London for two, including air, hotel, luggage set, and shopping sprees.

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

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