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Miles & Points: The Week’s Best Frequent-Flyer Deals (Week of January 9, 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.

New Starwood Promotion: Double Points, Plus Bonus

Between January 5 and April 15, Starwood Preferred Guest members can earn double points for the second and subsequent nights, plus 1,000 bonus points after every five nights.

$908 for an Uber Taxi Ride..?

Here’s how a combination of Uber’s New Year’s eve surge pricing and a miscommunicated address resulted in a $908 taxi fare.

JetBlue Schools Travelers on #FlightEtiquette

Now playing on Facebook: the first in what apparently will be a series of videos depicting rude inflight behavior, produced by JetBlue. It’s an exercise in shaming, but it cuts both ways.

The World’s 10 Safest Airlines

Last year’s air tragedies—including the two Malaysia Airlines incidents and the more recent AirAsia crash—have left many fliers wondering which airlines are the safest.

Coming Soon: Free Museum Day in L.A.

More than 20 museums will waive their admission fees on Museums-Free-for-All day.

Save 25% on Virgin Atlantic Awards

As it has done on a semi-regular basis, Virgin Atlantic is again offering award tickets to and from the U.K. for 25 percent fewer Flying Club miles.

Start 2015 with Double Base Points from JetBlue

As it did last year, JetBlue is offering double points through early March. It was a pretty good promotion then, and it’s a pretty good promotion now.

The Best Hotel Bonus-Points Offer We’ve Seen in a While

Plus, there’s no limit to the number of bonus points that may be earned with the promotion.

Win a ‘Downton Abbey’ Tour to Great Britain

Enter the WGBH “2015 Downton Abbey” sweepstakes by March 15 for a chance to win a four-night trip for two to London, including air, airport transfers, and hotel accommodations.

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

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