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Miles & Points: The Week’s Best Frequent-Flyer Deals (Week of July 10, 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.

Coming to Southwest: New Routes, More Flights

Last week, Southwest published a preview of its extended flight schedule, including new and expanded service to a number of cities. More flights could presage lower airfares.

Introducing the World’s Most Expensive Hotel City

With an average rate of $397, the most expensive city for hotel stays is now in America, according to Bloomberg’s latest study of hotel rates in the world’s top 100 financial centers.

Flyers Sue Four Airlines for Collusive Pricing

Bad news for the Big Four airlines: They will have to defend themselves in federal court against at least two antitrust-related lawsuits filed so far this month.

Coming to Virgin America: Faster Inflight Wi-Fi

This week, Virgin America announced yet another upgrade that will take its inflight Wi-Fi to the next level. Streaming video at 35,000 feet, anyone?

FTC Declines to Act on ‘Deceptive’ Resort Fees

In 2012, the FTC deemed resort fees deceptive and dishonest. But in 2015, the Commission has opted not to require that hotels include the fees in their nightly rates.

2,000 Bonus Points Per Night at Carlson Hotels

Between July 7 and September 27, Club Carlson members can earn 2,000 bonus points for every Carlson Rezidor night booked on a Carlson website or mobile app.

New Avis Program Is Promising, but Vague

Lacking award-pricing details, the new Avis frequent-renter program, Avis Preferred, is more of a question than an answer.

IHG Debuts New Elite Tier for Top Travelers

InterContinental Hotels Group today introduced a new elite tier, dubbed Spire Elite, to reward its most frequent guests.

Win a Trip to Key West for Four Persons

Enter the Snappers “TLC Summer Giveaway” sweepstakes by August 31 for a chance to win a four-day trip to Key West, including air and three nights at the Marriott Key West Resort.

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

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