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

Delta Ups Price of Airport Lounge Access by 54 Percent

Delta’s new airport lounge prices will reduce congestion and make for a less stressful experience. But the improvement will cost you plenty.

Marriott’s MegaBonus Returns on February 1

Between February 1 and April 30, Marriott Rewards members can earn one free Category 1-5 night after two qualifying stays, up to two free nights after four stays.

Southwest Ups Credit Card Bonus to 50,000 Points

As it does periodically, Southwest this week bumped the sign-up bonus for its Rapid Rewards credit cards to a hefty 50,000 points. That’s as good as it gets.

Q&A: Dealing with Your Deceased Dad’s Miles

The airlines’ policies regarding the transfer of frequent-flyer miles in the event of death run the gamut. Is it better to circumvent the airline’s rules altogether?

Delta Upgrades Planes with Bigger Bins, Power Outlets

Delta’s plans to upgrade its narrow-body aircraft include a few changes that will make coach-class flying a bit more comfortable.

Virgin America Launches New Rewards Credit Cards

Virgin America today introduced new rewards credit cards: the Virgin America Signature card (annual fee: $49), and the Virgin America Premium Signature card (annual fee: $149).

American, US Air Frequent Flyer Integration Begins

As promised, on January 7, members of the frequent flyer programs of American and US Air will enjoy a number of reciprocal benefits. It’s a down payment on full integration.

New from Carlson: ‘Stay 3 Nights Get 1 Free’

Between January 6 and April 13, Club Carlson members can earn 38,000 bonus points after staying three qualifying nights at participating Carlson family hotels.

Celebrate Chinese New Year in San Francisco, Free

Enter the Southwest Airlines “Chinese New Year Parade” sweepstakes by January 28, 2014, for a chance to win a trip for two to attend the Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco.

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

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