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Miles & Points: The Week’s Best Frequent-Flyer Deals (Week of November 20, 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.

10 Airports to Avoid for Thanksgiving Travel

Air travel and Thanksgiving. Three words that strike fear in the hearts of even the most intrepid flyers. But choosing the right airport can make a big difference.

American Confirms AAdvantage Devaluation

American finally confirmed what has been known for two weeks: AAdvantage will follow Delta’s SkyMiles and United’s MileagePlus, converting from a mileage-based to a spend-based program.

Rich and Famous? There’s a Lounge for That

Los Angeles International Airport may soon have a special lounge for globetrotting superstars and glitterati. Oh, and for you too, if you can afford the entry fee.

Why Airline Food Tastes Bad, and Always Will

The latest scientific research shows that taste is highly contextual. That’s bad news for travelers, flying on noisy, cramped planes.

Delta Puts The ‘Premium’ In Premium Economy

Delta’s take on premium economy, Comfort+, is in store for a privacy upgrade: partitions separating the block of more spacious seats from the rest of the coach-class cabin.

Marriott, Starwood to Merge. Higher Prices Ahead?

Marriott and Starwood’s merger plan is good news for the companies’ financial stakeholders. For travelers, the picture is less rosy.

From Choice Hotels: Triple Points for Winter Stays

Between November 19, 2015, and January 15, 2016, Choice Privileges members can earn triple points at more than 6,300 Choice family hotels, up to a maximum of 50,000 bonus points.

New Hilton Bonus for December Stays

If you plan a two-night or longer stay at a U.S. hotel in December, these two combinable promotions should earn Hilton a priority spot on your shopping list.

Win a Five-Night Trip for Two to Belize

Enter the Belize Tourism Board’s “Watch and Win” sweepstakes by November 29 for a chance to win one of two trips for two to Belize, including air, hotel, and adventure tours.

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

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