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Miles & Points: The Week’s Best Frequent-Flyer Deals (Week of May 23, 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.

United Pilots to CEO: “Lead or Get Out of the Way”

For United’s pilots, the airline’s first-quarter loss of $609 million was apparently the last straw. They’re calling for the company’s CEO to lead or leave.

Chase Points Now Transfer to Singapore Air Miles

Effective immediately, Chase Ultimate Rewards points can be exchanged, one for one, for miles in Singapore Airlines’ KrisFlyer program.

Virgin America Flight Attendants Set to Unionize

How disgruntled are Virgin America’s flight attendants? Enough to support bringing in a union to represent their interests, apparently.

The Best Use of Frequent-Flyer Miles Is…

With award seats scarce during the summer crush, frequent flyers may consider using miles for non-travel awards. Usually, however, they just don’t add up.

Five Major Airlines Offer Big Bonuses for Dining-Miles Programs

Hungry for miles? The programs of the five largest airlines are currently offering bonuses for signing up and participating in their dining-miles schemes.

Raise a Glass to Earn Frequent-Flyer Miles

Sign up for Vinesse’s monthly wine shipment — six bottles; red, white, or mixed — and you’ll receive bonus United miles and a $50 airport lounge pass.

From Choice Hotels: 8,000 Points After Two Stays

Between May 22 and August 20, Choice Privileges members can earn 8,000 points after two stays, enough for a a free night at one of 1,500 lower-priced hotels in the Choice network.

Double Miles for Alaska Air’s Salt Lake Flights

In the latest tit-for-tat in the ever-escalating war between Alaska Airlines and Delta, Alaska will be offering bonuses for flights to and from Delta’s Salt Lake City hub.

Win a Trip for Two to Bimini Islands, Bahamas

Enter the Travel + Leisure “Islands of the Bahamas” sweepstakes by July 31 for a chance to win a trip to Bimini Islands, Bahamas, including four nights at Resorts World Bimini.

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

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