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.
Although the overall trend is clear, not all airlines are equally oppressive when it comes to the current fee-for-all. There are more and less egregious gougers.
Kimpton, apparently recognizing that its InTouch program was too weak to offset the hotel group’s size disadvantage, has refreshed and relaunched the program as Karma Rewards.
As it has since 1999, airline ratings service Skytrax has published the results of its 2014 World Airline Survey, ranking more than 200 of the world’s airlines from best to worst.
Even as many of the world’s airlines invest in cushy lie-flat seats for their business- and first-class cabins, the comfort levels in coach are declining. And it could get worse.
Through September 1, Best Western Rewards members can earn 1,500 bonus points for every stay booked at the AAA/CAA rate, or 1,000 bonus points for stays booked at other rates.
Through August 31, MileagePlus members can earn 500 bonus miles for every $125 spent at MileagePlus Shopping, up to a maximum of 2,000 bonus miles after spending $500.
As it did last year, Starwood is offering award nights at six resorts for 35 percent fewer Starpoints.
Got status? If so, and it’s with American, Delta, Southwest, or United, Virgin America will match it in the Elevate program for 90 days.
Enter the Radisson for Life sweepstakes by August 17, 2014, for a chance to win the grand prize: five free Radisson room nights per year, for up to 58 years.
Somebody has to win, right? Might as well be you.