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Miles & Points: The Week’s Best Frequent-Flyer Deals (Week of May 22, 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.

Summer Forecast: Full Flights, Stressed Flyers

Recently, the summer travel forecast has been mostly a bad-news story of overlong security lines, overcrowded departure areas, and overstuffed planes. Summer 2015 will be no exception.

Which Airline’s Wi-Fi Is the Least Sucky?

Speedy, reliable inflight Wi-Fi is a crapshoot. But on some airlines, it’s less of a crapshoot than on others. Gizmodo calls out the leaders, and the laggards.

Delta Reduces Prices for Some Awards

Delta’s controversial move away from transparency in pricing SkyMiles awards has had an unexpected side effect: Some award prices have come down.

Airline Stocks Tank (and Why That’s Good News)

Airline stocks cratered on concerns that flights were increasing faster than demand, raising the prospect of fare wars and skimpy profits. For travelers, it’s all good.

Earn Southwest Points for Event Tickets

Members of Southwest’s Rapid Rewards program have a new option for earning points: ScoreBig, an online seller of tickets to live events such as professional sports and music concerts.

PointBreaks: Free IHG Nights for Just 5,000 Points

Beginning on May 26, IHG Rewards members can book award nights for 5,000 points at almost 150 participating hotels, for stays through July 31.

Earn Up to 2,500 United Bonus Miles for Shopping

Through June 15, MileagePlus members can earn up to 2,500 bonus miles for purchases made at the MileagePlus Shopping mall.

Starwood Credit Card – Same Bonus, Easier to Earn

For a limited time, new applicants for the Starwood Preferred Guest credit card can earn 25,000 bonus points after charging at least $3,000 within the first three months.

Win a Trip to Las Vegas for 2

Enter the Travel + Leisure “This Is How We Vegas” sweepstakes by June 1 for a chance to win a trip to Las Vegas for two, including air and two nights in a suite at the ARIA hotel.

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

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