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Miles & Points: The Week’s Best Frequent-Flyer Deals (Week of December 18, 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.

Airfare Report Recommendation: ‘Just Go’

Good news for travelers: Between October 2014 and October 2015, airfares worldwide declined 8 percent. And that trend is expected to continue into next year.

Lavatory-Use Fees? There Oughta Be a Law!

An Illinois Congressman has introduced a bill that formally bars airlines from charging fees for lavatory access. Aye or nay?

Delta Discounts Seattle Award Flights

For a limited time, SkyMiles members can book Delta award flights between Seattle and select U.S. destinations for between 5,000 and 10,000 miles each way.

Southwest Wants to Be ‘Most Loved, Most Flown’

Southwest CEO Gary Kelly’s recent Wings Club talk sheds light on the airline’s outsized popularity, and hints at future enhancements.

Airlines Post Best Profits Since 2006

Fares may be down a tad, but the airlines aren’t complaining. Their after-tax net profit for the third quarter of 2015 was the highest since the first quarter of 2006.

Scheduled U.S.-Cuba Flights OK’d, But…

The warming relations between the U.S. and Cuba glowed hot today, after the State Department confirmed the two countries’ agreement to restore scheduled air service after 50 years.

La Liste: The World’s 1,000 Best Restaurants

As if there weren’t already a glut of restaurant guides, there’s a new contender for diners’ attention, purporting to be the definitive guide to fine dining worldwide.

New Hilton Promotion: Double Points or Miles

Between January 1 and April 30, 2016, Hilton HHonors members can earn either double points or double airline miles for stays at any Hilton hotel.

Win a 5-Night Trip for 2 to Honolulu

Enter the Lenovo “Fantasy Online College Giveaways” sweepstakes by January 17 for a chance to win a trip for two to Honolulu, including air, hotel, and $500 spending money.

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

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