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Miles & Points: The Week’s Best Frequent-Flyer Deals (Week of July 3, 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.

JetBlue Changes Course, Embraces Bag Fees

Remember when checked bags were free on JetBlue? Cherish the memory, because as of today it’s just that, a memory. With the airline’s new fare scheme, most flyers will pay to check bags.

The 10 Most Expensive Cities for Hotel Dining

The most expensive hotel meals? For this year’s CSI (club sandwich index) report, Hotels.com looked at the costs of four standard menu items at more than 840 hotels in 28 cities.

White House Lifts Ban on Visitor Photography

Cameras (but no selfie sticks) are now allowed on White House tours.

Feds Suspect (Gasp!) Collusion Among Airlines

Suspecting collusion, the DOJ this week issued formal requests to four airlines for copies of correspondence regarding their plans to increase the number of seats available for sale.

Delta Boosts Transcon Flights

In a bid to trump competitors’ schedules and their inflight products, Delta this week announced upcoming enhancements to its service on both transcon routes.

Your July 4th Travel Forecast

Nearly 42 Americans will travel more than 50 miles from home between July 1 and July 5.

Turn 20,000 Starwood Points into 30,000 American Miles

How can you turn 20,000 Starwood points into 30,000 American AAdvantage miles? It’s complicated, but not too complicated.

75,000-Mile Bonus for AAdvantage Credit Card

For a limited time, new Citi Executive/AAdvantage World Elite MasterCard cardholders can earn 75,000 bonus miles after charging $7,500 to the card within three months of signing up.

Win an 8-Day Europe Tour

Enter the Eagle Creek “Great Adventure Giveaway” sweepstakes by August 15 for a chance to win one of three escorted eight-day Europe tours (Italy, Iceland, or Croatia).

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

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