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Miles & Points: The Week’s Best Frequent-Flyer Deals (Week of December 19, 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.

Airlines Under Fire from Media, Lawmakers

In spite of plunging fuel costs, the airlines have upped fares and maintained fuel surcharges. The New York Times and a prominent Senator are crying “Foul!”

Coming from Starwood: Free WiFi, with Strings

Beginning next year, members of Starwood’s Preferred Guest program who book direct with the hotel will be treated to free standard WiFi. Nice, but questions do arise.

Which Airlines Lose Your Bags, Baby?

Checking a bag on your next flight? Not all bags make it to their intended destination on time. And some airlines are significantly better (and worse) at managing the process.

American Adds New Mileage Bonuses for Premium Fares

AAdvantage and Dividend Miles programs will earn extra bonus miles for first- and business-class flights.

InterCon’s Purchase of Kimpton Gets Mixed Reaction

This week’s announcement that InterContinental Hotels Group will purchase Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants elicited a decidedly split reaction among travelers.

Delta Upgrades Elite Status with Hertz Perks

In the latest preferred marketing partnership among major travel suppliers, Hertz will award elite status in its Gold Plus Rewards program to elite members of Delta’s SkyMiles program.

Marriott’s MegaBonus Is Back for 2015

Between February 1 and April 30, 2015, Marriott Rewards members can earn 2,500 points for the second and subsequent stays, up to a maximum of 25,000 points.

IHG Rewards Members Can Earn Up to 50,000 Bonus Points

After registering, IHG Rewards members will be presented with a list of activities which are worth “at least 50,000 bonus points” when completed between January 1 and April 30.

Win a Four-Night Virgin Islands Getaway

Enter the Lucky magazine “British Virgin Islands” sweepstakes by February 9, 2015, for a chance to win a trip for two to the British Virgin Islands, including air and hotel.

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

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