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Miles & Points: The Week’s Best Frequent-Flyer Deals (Week of November 14, 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.

Hilton to Penalize Same-Day Cancellations

In a significant departure from the current industry standard, beginning on January 1, 2015, Hilton will no longer allow same-day penalty-free cancellations.

Expedia Adds Flight Details to Search Results

In a novel and intriguing effort to distinguish itself from other online travel agencies, Expedia has partnered with Routehappy to add an extra dimension to its flight-search results.

American Elites Can Pay to Retain, Upgrade Status

American today confirmed that current AAdvantage elite members will once again enjoy the option of paying to either retain or boost their status for 2015.

Hilton to Introduce Keyless Rooms in 2015

Hilton is developing and testing the hardware and software necessary to support keyless room entry, which will be available across several brands in 2015.

Popular Low-Cost Airline to Scale Down Perks

With Virgin America’s upcoming sale of shares to the public, the pressure to boost profits could push the airline to cut back the perks that have endeared it to flyers.

United Copycats Delta’s Higher Elite Requirements

Following Delta’s lead, United has increased by 20 percent the amount MileagePlus members must spend during 2015 to earn elite status in 2016.

Save 20 Percent on United Award Trips to Europe

Between November 13 and December 4, MileagePlus members can save 20 percent when booking Saver coach award trips to Europe between January 12, 2015, and March 12, 2015.

Earn an Easy 500 Starwood Bonus Points

Through December 15, Starwood Preferred Guest members can earn 500 bonus points by updating their membership profiles and registering for the current “More for You” promotion.

Win a Trip for Two to Australia’s Outback

Enter the “Australian Outback Getaway” sweepstakes by November 23 for a chance to win a five-night trip to Australia for two, including airfare, and tours of Alice Springs and Ayers Rock.

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

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