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Miles & Points: The Week’s Best Frequent-Flyer Deals (Week of June 12, 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.

Americans Just Say ‘No’ to Summer Vacations

Long, leisurely summer vacations? Not for Americans, according to a new survey from Skift. This year, 62% of respondents will take a short vacay, or none at all.

Cheaper Business Class, but No Miles or Lounge

The latest wrinkle in airline pricing may come from a highly unlikely source: Malaysia Airlines.

Delta Nixes Mixed-Cabin Awards (Sort of)

The latest loyalty-killer from Delta is the new policy prohibiting mixed classes of service in a roundtrip award booking. But there is a work-around.

New Carry-On Bag Rules Would Cost Consumers

If newly proposed guidelines for carry-on bags are adopted industry-wide, many travelers will be forced to buy smaller bags to comply.

Who Has Travelers’ Backs? (Hint: Not IATA)

The latest promise of consumer protections comes from a compromised source: IATA, which represents the interests of airlines rather than airlines’ customers. Flyer beware.

New from American: Los Angeles-Sydney Flights

Beginning on December 17, travelers will have a new option for flying between the U.S. and Australia: American’s newly announced nonstop flights between Los Angeles and Sydney.

Marriott Adds Netflix To In-Room Entertainment

Can’t live without your daily Netflix fix? At Marriott Hotels, you won’t have to. Most U.S. Marriotts will allow subscribers to stream Netflix content to the hotels’ in-room TVs.

Earn Up to 10,000 Bonus Points at Country Inns

Through September 7, Club Carlson members can earn up to 10,000 bonus points for stays of two or more nights at any Country Inns & Suites hotel in the Americas.

Win 1 Million Marriott Rewards Points

In addition to the grand prize, monthly prizes of 100,000 Rewards points each will also be awarded. Somebody has to win, right?

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

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