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Miles & Points: The Week’s Best Frequent-Flyer Deals (Week of August 7, 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.

U.S. News Picks the Best Travel-Loyalty Programs

The best travel rewards program? U.S. News has taken on the onerous task of identifying the top airline and hotel schemes, with predictably debatable results.

Spirit’s CEO Is Looking for Love

In an interview with Skift, Spirit CEO Ben Baldanza explains why customers should embrace his airline’s no-frills approach to air travel.

Frontier Reverses Course, Rebundles Services

In a clever reversal of the unbundling trend, Frontier is offering a rebundled package of services it calls The Works as an add-on to its fares.

Why Travel Managers Are Leery of Uber, Lyft

Uber and its ilk have been slow to gain traction among business travelers. And there’s a reason: corporate travel managers, whose focus is safety, safety, safety.

Senate Committee Calls Out Airlines on Fees

Fed up with the airlines’ fee-for-all? On Thursday, a Senate committee issued a report questioning the fees’ fairness and the airlines’ commitment to clearly disclosing them.

Alaska Air and American Expand Ties

As Alaska Airlines’ relationship with Delta continues to disintegrate, Alaska’s ties to American are solidifying further, with expanded mileage-earning opportunities and lounge access.

Earn an Extra 1,000 Points for Starwood Stays

Through August 31, Starwood Preferred Guest members who have a Starwood Preferred Guest credit card can earn a one-time 1,000-point bonus after staying two eligible nights.

Hyatt Offers Bonus for Mobile Bookings

Through September 30, Hyatt customers can earn a 500-point bonus for every reservation made on the app or on its mobile website.

Win an 8-Day Kenya Safari

Enter the Random House “Circling the Sun” sweepstakes by September 8 for a chance to win an eight-day Kenya safari, including air, hotel, all meals, and admission to national parks.

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

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