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

US Air Brings Back the Shared-Miles Bonus (Sort of)

Through June 30, Dividend Miles members can earn a 100 percent bonus when sharing their miles with friends or family members. But new wrinkles dilute the value of the bonus.

This Is the ‘World’s Most Trusted Airline’? We’re Not So Sure

Delta has filed a trademark application for the right to promote itself as “The World’s Most Trusted Airline.” Let the snickering begin.

The Most Expensive Hotel Brands Have the Worst Wi-Fi Pricing

Where Wi-Fi is concerned, the hotels’ current business model is: Pay more, get less. Travelers should just spend less and get more.

Travelers, Do You Know Where Your Cellphone Is?

Cases of cellphone theft and loss are on the rise, and travelers are especially vulnerable. Here’s how to protect yourself.

Delta Boosts Transcon Battle with Lie-Flat Seats

The battle for the hearts and minds of transcon flyers heated up this week with Delta’s upgrade of BusinessElite seating on all its New York-Los Angeles flights.

Earn Delta Miles for Enterprise Car Rentals

Mile collectors can finally rack up miles for Enterprise rentals. Members of Delta’s SkyMiles program can earn 500 miles for qualifying Enterprise rentals in the U.S. and Canada.

Double Miles and a Discount at Fairmont Hotels

Through September 30, travelers can earn double airline miles and receive a discount of up to 25 percent for stays at participating Fairmont hotels.

Travelers Skip 38 Million Trips to Avoid Hassles

According to the USTA, travelers abandoned 38 million trips in 2013. Our theory: it’s the hassle factor of getting through the airport, and the discomfort of the flight itself.

Win a Seven-Night Caribbean Cruise for Two

Enter the Expedia CruiseShipCenters “Dream Vacation” sweepstakes by November 5 for a chance to win a seven-night Caribbean cruise for two, including airfare.

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

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