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Miles & Points: The Week’s Best Frequent-Flyer Deals (Week of March 20, 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.

As Planes Fly Full, the Price of Comfort Spikes

Finding air travel increasingly uncomfortable lately? A just-released report from the DOT confirms that load factors for U.S. airlines reached all-time highs in 2014.

Best Western’s Customer Appreciation Falls Flat

For its fifteenth annual customer-appreciation week, Best Western is offering a thank-you bonus, although, as promotions go, it’s barely worthy of the name.

Earn Bonus Airline Miles for Wyndham Stays

Through May 29, Wyndham Rewards members can earn double or quadruple miles, depending on the airline, for their qualifying Wyndham stays.

Double JetBlue Points for Transcon Flights

Between March 20 and May 27, TrueBlue members can earn double points for JetBlue flights between New York and either Los Angeles or San Francisco.

Google Flights Just Got Better

The search engine is already simple and fast. This week, it got even better with the addition of flight-amenity data.

JetBlue to Bring Lie-Flat Seats to the Caribbean

Beginning in November, JetBlue will offer its premium Mint service on flights between New York and two Caribbean destinations.

Win a Weeklong Trip to the Virgin Islands for Two

Enter the Lands’ End “Getaway Tour” sweepstakes by April 1 for a chance to win a seven-day trip for two to the British Virgin Islands, including air, hotel, hotel meals, $3,000 cash.

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

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