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Miles & Points: The Week’s Best Frequent-Flyer Deals (Week of May 2, 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.

Triple Points for Summer Stays at Country Inns

Between June 1 and September 1, members of the Club Carlson program can earn triple points for stays of two or more nights at Country Inns & Suites hotels. Must book by May 31.

United Pilots Call Out ‘Worst Senior Management’

The day after United reported an eye-popping $609 million loss, members of the airline’s largest pilots union called for the dismissal of the company’s top managers.

A+ Rewards Will Become Rapid Rewards in November

November 1 is the last day to earn or redeem credits in the A+ Rewards program; the next day, all A+ Rewards accounts will be closed and converted to Rapid Rewards accounts.

Transparent Airfares Act Will Hurt Travel Consumers

Transparency in airfare sounds like something everyone can get behind, right? But the Transparent Airfares Act of 2014, currently pending in the House, isn’t what it seems.

Frontier to Charge $50 for Carry-on Bags

In Frontier’s latest step toward reinventing itself as an ultra-low-cost carrier, the airline introduced a new category of airfares that don’t include any “extras.”

SkyMall Rewards: Earn Points for Garden Gnomes, Elevated Pet Bowls

As fewer and fewer flyers flip through the SkyMall catalog in their seatbacks, the company is desperate to reengage with consumers. Could a loyalty program be the answer?

Carlson Offers Double, Triple Points for Asia Stays

Through August 31, Club Carlson members can earn double points for a one-night stay and triple points for longer stays at Carlson family hotels in the Asia Pacific region.

Hyatt Offers Triple Miles for Summer Stays

Hyatt has announced its mileage promotion for stays through August: triple airline miles in eight participating programs, for the second and subsequent stays, up to 15 stays.

Win a Guided Tour of Ireland or Italy

Enter the Marriott Vacation Club “30 Ways to Celebrate” sweepstakes by December 31 for a chance to win a choice of 10-day guided tours for two of Ireland or Italy.

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

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