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Miles & Points: The Week’s Best Frequent-Flyer Deals (Week of March 17, 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.

Lufthansa to Spin Off Mileage Program

Lufthansa yesterday confirmed rumors that it was planning to spin off its Miles & More frequent-flyer program. Other program spin offs haven’t been welcomed by frequent flyers.

The Top-10 International Business Classes

For those travelers who won’t have an opportunity to sample the wide range of new business-class products, TheDesignAir, has compiled its list of the top-10 business classes.

American Nixes Main Cabin Extra Elite Upgrades

From March 18, AAdvantage Gold elites and US Airways Silver elites will no longer receive automatic upgrades to Main Cabin Extra seats when purchasing full-fare coach tickets.

DOJ: No Dallas Love Field Slots for Delta

The DOJ has put the kibosh on Delta’s aspirations to solidify its operations at Dallas Love Field airport, leaving Virgin America as the likely candidate to get American’s gates.

‘Saveur’ Picks Five Great Airports for Dining

The availability of so much good airport food is one of the few positive trends in travel. Fine dining—or at least decent dining—at the airport is no longer an oxymoron.

Spirit Offers Bonus Miles ‘the 99% Can Enjoy’

Parodying Delta’s announcement that more miles would be awarded for more expensive tickets, Spirit unveiled a promotion promising the opposite: more miles for cheaper tickets.

American, JetBlue End Interline Sales and Mileage Partnerships

American and JetBlue today announced that they were terminating interline sales immediately, and that frequent-flyer program reciprocity will end on April 1.

5,000 Elite Miles for US Air Lounge Memberships

Through May 31, Dividend Miles members can earn 5,000 elite-qualifying miles when buying a new annual US Airways airport lounge membership, or when renewing an existing membership.

Win a Five-Night Trip to Paris for Two

Enter the Chico’s Passport to Paris sweepstakes by March 31, 2014 for a chance to win a trip for two to Paris, including air, hotel, $1,000 spending money, and a $1,500 gift card.

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

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