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Miles & Points: The Week’s Best Frequent-Flyer Deals (Week of February 6, 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.

Marriott’s Elite Buy-Back Is Back

Marriott’s popular elite buy-back offer is back, through April 1, allowing Rewards members who failed to qualify for status in 2015 to reinstate their 2014 status, for a price.

From Best Western: a Gift Card After Two Stays

Between February 2 and March 15, Best Western Rewards members can earn a gift card, worth $25 or $35, after completing two qualifying Best Western stays.

Coming to United: Less Comfort in Coach

Can coach seats get much more uncomfortable than they already are? United’s plan to add extra seats to its B777s would certainly be a step in that direction.

Buckle Up for Upright Seating on Planes

Upright seating—standing, in other words—could be coming to an airline near you. The latest to pursue the idea: China’s Spring Airlines.

American’s Surprising Code Share with Korean Air

This week, American announced that, pending government approval, it will code-share with Korean, probably beginning sometime in April.

Good News, Bad News for American Booking Fees

In a move likely to precipitate a match by other carriers, American has announced new fees.

Book United Partner Awards for Fewer Miles

Through February 28, MileagePlus members can book award flights on partner airlines to select destinations for fewer United miles.

Wyndham’s Winter Promo: Double Points on Weekdays

Between February 2 and April 30, Wyndham Rewards members can earn double points for weekday stays at more than 7,000 participating Wyndham family hotels.

Win a Three-Night Foodie Trip to San Francisco

Enter by February 15 to win a three-night trip, including first-class air and two dinners at Michelin-starred restaurants.

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

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