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Miles & Points: The Week’s Best Frequent-Flyer Deals (Week of July 17, 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.

Airline-Fee Revenue up 21 Percent to $38.1 Billion

If you’re feeling nickel-and-dimed by the airlines, you’re not alone. Air travelers were dinged for $38.1 billion in nuisance fees last year, up 21 percent over the previous year.

Latest Changes Test SkyMiles Members’ Loyalty

Yesterday, Delta published a handful of announcements that will do little to appease SkyMiles members who find the airline’s new-for-2015 mileage program confusing and unrewarding.

Wanna Work in Travel? Southwest Is Hiring!

If your passion for travel runs deep, perhaps you should consider making it your career. Good news: Southwest is now hiring 650 customer-service reps for its call centers.

‘Crusher’ Seats Coming to a Popular Airline Near You

To maximize the maximum potential revenue-per-flight, Frontier is refitting its Airbus A320 and A319 jets with 12 extra seats. Legroom? Not much.

JetBlue Schools Flyers on Boarding Etiquette

What’s your flight-boarding routine, hurry up or hang back? JetBlue’s new video encourages the latter, but its bag fees may spur the former.

United Awards Hacker 1 Million Miles

When United offered a bounty of 1 million miles for reports of software bugs on its website, skeptics suspected it was a gimmick to show the airline took online security seriously. Not so.

InterCon Adds Double Points to Summer Bonus

IHG this week augmented its existing summer promotion with an additional bonus: double base points for stays completed between July 15 and September 15.

Earn Hyatt Bonus Points at 13 Las Vegas Hotels

Through September 30, Hyatt Gold Passport members can earn bonus points after every third night at any of 12 MGM properties or the Hyatt Place hotel.

Win a 10-Day Trip for 2 to Tuscany

Enter the Mastronardi Produce “Inspired by Flavor” sweepstakes by August 28 for a chance to win a 10-day trip for two to Tuscany, Italy, including air, private and group tours, and hotels.

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

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