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Miles & Points: The Week’s Best Frequent-Flyer Deals (Week of May 16, 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.

Summer Flight Forecast: Full, Uncomfortable

Airlines for America, a trade group representing the interests of U.S. airlines, today released its projection for summer air travel: the most air travelers in six years.

From Best Western: Stay Three, Get One Free

Between May 19 and September 1, members of Best Western’s Rewards program can earn one free-night voucher after completing three separate stays at Best Western hotels.

Virgin America Cleared to Land at Love Field

Virgin America will launch flights to LaGuardia, Washington National, and Chicago O’Hare, and relocate its Los Angeles and San Francisco flights from Dallas-Ft. Worth to Love Field.

J.D. Power Study: Airlines Still Need Improvement

A new J.D. Power study shows some improvement in consumers’ satisfaction with the airlines. But the big story is their continued dissatisfaction.

American Bonus for Full-Fare Europe Flights

Through August 31, AAdvantage members can earn bonus miles for flights on American, US Airways, British Airways, Finnair, Iberia, or OpenSkies to Europe.

40,000 Bonus Miles for US Air Credit Card

The new sign-up bonus for the US Airways Premier World MasterCard is 40,000 miles. Better still, there’s no minimum spend requirement.

Alaska Air Discounts Mexico Award Tickets

Members of Alaska Airlines’ Mileage Plan can save 5,000 miles each way on flights between California and Mexico booked by May 25 and completed between September 1 and November 18.

50,000-Point Bonus for Southwest Credit Cards

As it has been doing with some regularity, Southwest has upped the sign-up bonus for its Rapid Rewards credit cards to 50,000 points, enough for two free flights.

Win a Trip for Two to Dublin, Ireland

Enter the “Once in a Lifetime” sweepstakes by December 31 for a chance to win a trip for two to Ireland, including airfare, five nights’ hotel, and $500 spending money.

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

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