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Miles & Points: The Week’s Best Frequent-Flyer Deals (Week of November 21, 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.

From Choice: Double Points for Mobile Bookings

Between November 20 and December 17, Choice Privileges members can earn double points for bookings made via the Choice Hotels mobile app.

Southwest Promises No Bag Fees

Responding to JetBlue’s plan to add fees and reduce legroom, Southwest promises to maintain its fee-free policies.

8 Airlines Will Offer Free Wi-Fi This Thanksgiving

Wi-Fi access and digital content will be available for free in the sky and at airports nationwide on “Connection Day.”

Say It Ain’t So! JetBlue to Charge for Bags, Reduce Legroom

JetBlue today confirmed the worst fears of its loyalists, announcing plans to add checked-bag fees and reduce legroom in coach.

United, Orbitz Sue Hidden-City Ticketing Site

United and Orbitz are jointly suing Skiplagged.com, a website that helps travelers save on airfare by taking advantage of hidden-city ticketing.

Delta SkyMiles Devaluations Coming – Again

Delta frequent flyers will no longer be able to make stopovers on award trips, and many open jaw trips will become more expensive.

United to Upgrade Its Airport Experience

United’s renovations to include a host of high-end dining options, ordered on iPads, and paid for in dollars or frequent-flyer miles.

Marriott Imposes Restrictions on Free Wi-Fi

Beginning in January, only those who book directly with Marriott will receive free Wi-Fi.

Win a Cruise + 250,000 United Frequent-Flyer Miles

Enter the United Cruises “1,000,000 Million Mile Cruise” sweepstakes by December 31, 2014, for a chance to win a $3,000 cruise voucher, plus 250,000 United MileagePlus miles.

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

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