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Miles & Points: The Week’s Best Frequent-Flyer Deals (Week of February 11, 2014)

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.

Award Trips to Vegas, Los Angeles for Fewer Miles

Between February 6 and February 27, AAdvantage members can book coach award trips to Las Vegas or Los Angeles for 20,000 miles roundtrip, a savings of 5,000 miles.

For Alaska Air, Success Means Staying Independent

In the industry’s rush to consolidate, the next logical merger target would be Alaska Airlines. But the airline has other ideas.

Wyndham Rewards, Less Rewarding

Wyndham has made two moves that significantly devalue its Wyndham Rewards program. And both were made with no advance notice to program members.

Airfare Comparisons Complicated by Fee-for-All Pricing

A new USA Today study shines a light on the bewildering quagmire of add-on fees consumers must consider when buying an airline ticket.

Southwest to Add 15 Flights at Dallas Love Field

For the past 34 years, Southwest has been limited to serving nine states from Dallas Love Field. In October the restrictions expire, and Southwest will add 15 new nonstops.

Best Western’s Latest Offer: 1,500 Bonus Points

Between February 3 and April 6, Best Western Rewards members can earn 1,500 bonus points per stay. Elite Rewards members earn 2,000 bonus points per stay.

Virgin America Offers Bonuses for Transcon Flights

Through March 31, Elevate members can earn bonuses for Virgin America flights between the east and west coasts.

Wyndham Offers Double Points for Six Weeks

Between February 3 and March 21, Wyndham Rewards members can earn double points for each of up to four stays.

Win a Trip for Two to Scotland

Enter the VisitScotland Year of Homecoming sweepstakes by July 30 for a chance to win a seven-night trip for two to Scotland, including air, hotel, tours, and a Loch cruise.

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

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