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Miles & Points: The Week’s Best Frequent-Flyer Deals (Week of December 12, 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.

Earn 500 Starwood Bonus Points for Mobile Bookings

Between December 10, 2014, and March 31, 2015, Starwood Preferred Guest members can earn 500 bonus points for each of up to three stays booked via Starwood’s mobile app.

Alaska, Delta to Cut Back Mileage Awards

Beginning next year, members of the Delta and Alaska Air loyalty programs will earn fewer miles when flying on the other airline. It’s complicated.

United Discounts Award Tickets by 20%

United is offering a 20 percent discount on roundtrip coach Saver awards to select destinations booked by December 30 and completed between January 12, 2015, and February 12, 2015.

One Airline Does Right Thing, Cuts Fuel Surcharges

In spite of the decrease in fuel costs to a five-year low, the airlines continue to impose fuel surcharges of $500 or more. What gives? And which airline is bucking the trend?

Hyatt Announces Award-Price Changes for 2015

Good news from Hyatt: The chain will introduce more award-price decreases than increases next year.

Holiday Travel? On-Time Performance Matters

Last year, 33 percent of holiday-period flights were late. That’s a lot of travelers arriving late for Christmas dinner. Some airlines do a better job of getting you there on time.

Uber, Now Delivering Hot Meals

Uber, the wildly successful ride-sharing service, is poised to expand its disruptive ways beyond the taxi realm, into meal-delivery services.

New Fees for Legroom Are Coming Soon on Alaska Airlines

Exit rows and bulkhead seats will soon be the target of fees ranging from $15 to $50, writes Tim Winship.

Save Up to 50% at Best Westerns in Great Britain

Between December 15, 2014, and March 31, 2015, more than 280 Best Western hotels in Great Britain are offering discounts of either 30, 40, or 50 percent.

Win a Four-Day Golf Trip to Hilton Head

Enter the United “Golf Destination” sweepstakes by December 31 for a chance to win a golfing trip for two to Hilton Head, including air, hotel, and 18 rounds of golf.

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

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