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Miles & Points: The Week’s Best Frequent-Flyer Deals (Week of July 25, 2014)

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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.

Are Pigs Treated Better Than Coach Passengers?

Is a pig on the way to the slaughterhouse more comfortable than the typical coach-class airline passenger? Arguably, yes.

Revealed: The Government’s Watch List Guidelines

Notwithstanding vigorous pushback from Washington, today a leaked copy of the National Counterterrorism Center’s “Watchlisting Guidance” was published by The Intercept.

Hilton’s New Promotion Undermined by Fine Print

Hilton’s latest bonus offer is a glaring example of just how substantially the utility and value of such promotions can be undermined by individual hotels’ refusal to participate.

Airlines Squeeze Flyers, Roll in the Dough

This week, U.S. airlines announced their operational and financial results for the second quarter, and they were nothing short of record-breaking. No good news for flyers, though.

A Loyalty Currency that Expires After 30 Days?

Today, online travel agency CheapTickets threw its hat into the loyalty ring with the launch of its CheapCash program. It’s not for everyone.

Citi Adds Transfer Partners to ThankYou Program

Effective this week, ThankYou points earned for charges to three Citi credit cards may be converted 1:1 for miles in the programs of seven airline programs.

Chase Sapphire Credit Card Adds, Deletes Perks

After a downgrade and an upgrade, the popular Sapphire Preferred card remains among the best credit cards for mile-collectors.

Win an Eight-Day Trip for Two to Tokyo

Enter the Sapporo “Legendary Journey” sweepstakes by August 27 for a chance to win an eight-day trip to Tokyo for two, including air, hotel, and $2,400 in spending money.

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

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