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Miles & Points: The Week’s Best Frequent-Flyer Deals (Week of February 13, 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.

Hyatt Adds Benefits for Elites

Hyatt today announced three new benefits for elite members of its Gold Passport program, including complimentary United lounge passes and free premium Wi-Fi.

More Consolidation: Expedia to Purchase Orbitz

Today’s big news in the online travel agency world: Expedia and Orbitz have agreed on terms for the sale of the latter to the former.

Earning Frequent-Flyer Miles for Tax Payments

For more than a decade, it’s been possible to earn frequent-flyer miles for paying federal taxes. But before doing so, taxpayers should do the math.

Southwest Flyers, Prepare for Higher Award Prices

Southwest’s loyalty program was once among the most popular. What remains of that popularity will take a big hit on April 17, when the program moves even further from its roots.

Is There an Inflight Magazine in Your Future?

With the demise of the once-ubiquitous Skymall catalog, it’s time to ask whether another dog-eared denizen of the seat pocket – the inflight magazine – has outlived its usefulness.

How to Earn Lifetime Elite Perks with Hilton

For the first time, members of Hilton’s HHonors program can earn elite perks for life. But it won’t be quick, or cheap.

Delta Obfuscates Award Pricing

On Friday, Delta removed the SkyMiles award charts from its website. A firestorm of outrage and suspicion ensued, raising the question: What are you hiding, Delta?

Delta Goes All in on Starbucks

Cup o’ Joe? Beginning this month, Delta will serve only Starbucks coffee throughout its worldwide flight network.

Win a Five-Night Trip for Two to Dublin, Ireland

Enter the Castle Brands “Irish to the Core” sweepstakes by March 29 for a chance to win a five-night trip for two to Dublin, including air, hotel, rental car, and $500 spending money.

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

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