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Miles & Points: The Week’s Best Frequent-Flyer Deals (Week of May 1, 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.

The Airline with the Best Award-Seat Availability Is…

A study of award availability from the five largest U.S. airlines has yielded a winner. Guesses?

Work in Progress: American Lounges Get Makeover

Beginning with its facilities in Phoenix and Sao Paulo, American has begun renovating its network of more than 50 Admirals Club lounges at airports worldwide.

Voters Pick the Six Best Travel Loyalty Programs

If there were a best loyalty program, there’s probably no better indicator than the results of the latest Freddie Awards. Here’s what the voters say …

Delta vs. Alaska: Which’ll Win the Battle for Seattle?

Alaska Airlines is responding to Delta’s incursions into its Seattle hub with three new flights to Delta destinations in the Southeast.

Award Prices Changing at 450 IHG Rewards Hotels

Beginning on May 1, award prices at 450 InterContinental Hotels Group properties will change, with price increases at 300 hotels and decreases at 150 hotels.

Earn an Easy 1,000 Miles from American

One hundred miles for a minute of your time. That’s the potential payout rate from American’s new Learn and Earn promotion.

50,000-Mile Sign-Up Bonus for United Credit Card

Through June 2, new customers for the United MileagePlus Explorer card, issued by Chase, can earn 50,000 bonus miles after spending $3,000 within the first three months.

JetBlue’s Enroll-and-Fly Bonus: 7,000 Points

Between April 27 and June 18, travelers who join JetBlue’s TrueBlue program and fly JetBlue once, one-way or roundtrip, will earn a one-time 7,000-point bonus.

Win a 7-Night Trip to St. Barths for Two

Enter the Procter & Gamble “Get Soleiled” sweepstakes by June 15 for a chance to win a trip for two to St. Barths, including air and seven nights’ hotel accommodations.

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

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