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Miles & Points: The Week’s Best Frequent-Flyer Deals (Week of August 29, 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.

Miles or Cash Back? The Game’s Afoot

Citi has introduced a new cash-back credit card that will give consumers yet another reason to rethink their use of travel-rewards cards.

Allegiant: Print or Pay $5 for a Boarding Pass

Just when you thought the airlines’ fee-mongering had peaked, yet another airline figures out how to charge flyers for yet another service. This time, the target is your boarding pass.

J.D. Power Rates the Credit Cards

J.D. Power today released results of its eighth annual ranking of credit card customer satisfaction. The winners: American Express and Discover.

Ryanair Business Class: Oxymoron?

Today, “Europe’s favourite low cost airline” (Ryanair’s self-description) rolled out Ryanair Business Plus, what it’s calling “a tailored suite of travel benefits.”

Citi Cards Add New Transfer Partner: Flying Blue

Beginning this week, members of Citi’s ThankYou credit-card rewards program can transfer their points into Flying Blue, the loyalty program of Air France and KLM.

American Pulls Fares from Orbitz

Want to book a flight on American Airlines? Fine, just don’t plan to buy your ticket from Orbitz until the two companies resolve their differences.

Alaska Air Discounts Fall Award Flights

Between August 30 and October 31, members of Alaska Airlines’ Mileage Plan can book select award flights for up to 60 percent fewer miles.

American Targets Kids for More Fees

Beginning on September 3, children aged 12 – 14 will be required to pay a $150 unaccompanied-minor fee when flying on American. Cynical gouge, or a sensible safety measure?

Win a Five-Night Trip for Two to the Florida Keys

Enter the “Release Your Inner Wild” sweepstakes by September 19 for a chance to win a five-night trip to the Florida Keys for two, including air, hotel, and rental car.

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

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