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Miles & Points: The Week’s Best Frequent-Flyer Deals (Week of May 8, 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.

Airfares Are Down, and They Should Be

Airlines boast that inflation-adjusted airfares have decreased. True, but how much less are travelers getting for those lower fares?

JetBlue to Stream Amazon Prime Video on Flights

Prime subscribers will soon be able to stream tens of thousands of movies and TV shows on JetBlue for free.

Award-Price Changes Coming to Club Carlson Hotels

On June 1, award prices will change at around 330 of the Carlson network of 1,370 hotels, with two-thirds increasing in price. So a net change for the worse.

Award Discounts for AAdvantage Credit Card Holders

Got an AAdvantage credit card issued by Citibank or Barclays? Then you may be entitled to book award flights for up to 30 percent fewer miles.

Lawsuit Questions Adequacy of United Disclosure

A new class-action lawsuit may reveal yet another instance of an airline’s volatile combination of dishonesty and ineptitude. Or it may be the height of frivolity and greed.

The Dreamliner Era Begins at American

With today’s flight AA2320 between Dallas and Chicago, American became the second U.S. airline, after United, to fly Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner jet.

Cuba: JetBlue Announces New Routes to Havana

JetBlue this week became the first major airline to expand Cuba services since the warming of diplomatic relations between the two countries earlier this year.

5,000 Bonus Points at Club Carlson

Between June 1 and July 31, Club Carlson elite members can earn 5,000 bonus points for every paid stay at a Carlson family hotel booked by May 31.

Win a Trip to the Napa Valley for 2

Enter the “Napa Valley Getaway” sweepstakes by June 30 for a chance to win one of four grand prizes: each a trip for two to the Napa Valley, including air, hotel, and a $500 gift card.

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

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