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Miles & Points: The Week’s Best Frequent-Flyer Deals (Week of July 24, 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.

Will Priority Deplaning Be the Next Airline Fee?

What’s next in the airlines’ relentless search for yet more sources of fee revenue? FlightView’s just-released survey of more than 2,300 travelers may provide some clues.

Airlines ‘Delighted’ to Make Flying Painful

Could it be that uncomfortable seats are a clever marketing strategy to encourage upgrades and boost profits? Hmmmm…

How to Survive Airport Consolidation

Just a few airlines now control a majority of the seats at most airports. How can you make the best of the airlines’ dominance?

The Eight Best (and Worst) Travel Apps

Betting that the future lies in mobile booking, the travel industry is investing millions in developing and refining mobile apps. Which are the stars, and which are the also-rans?

Alaska Air Adds 15th Loyalty-Program Partner

Alaska Airlines today announced the addition of its fifteenth Mileage Plan airline partner: China’s Hainan Airlines.

How to Earn 750 United Miles in 1 Minute

For a limited time, MileagePlus members can earn 750 miles for establishing a MyPoints account and keeping it active for at least 30 days.

Miles-for-Shopping Bonuses from American, Southwest, United

Bonus miles from three airlines make shopping that much more rewarding. You do earn miles by shopping at the airlines’ mileage malls, right?

Delta Discounts Paid and Award Tickets

Between August 6 and December 16, Delta is offering reduced prices, in dollars and in miles, on select domestic flights. Discounted flights must be booked by August 6.

Win a 7-Day Trip for 2 to Cannes

Enter the Mouton Cadet “Cannes” sweepstakes by August 31 for a chance to win a seven-day trip for two to Cannes, France, including air, hotel, and $500 spending money.

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

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