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Miles & Points: The Week’s Best Frequent-Flyer Deals (Week of November 22, 2013)

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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.

Inflight Phone Calls? Flight Attendants Say ‘No’

Hard on the heels of the FCC’s announcement that it will consider allowing cell phone use in flight, the Association of Flight Attendants has voiced its opinion: a resounding “No.”

Wi-Fi Now Gate-to-Gate on Southwest

Just in time for the Thanksgiving travel crush, Southwest this week snagged bragging rights as the first U.S. carrier to offer its passengers gate-to-gate Wi-Fi access.

JetBlue Now Included in TSA PreCheck

JetBlue is the ninth airline to participate in the TSA’s PreCheck program, joining Alaska, American, Delta, Hawaiian, Southwest, United, US Airways, and Virgin America.

New at American: Bidding for Upgrades

Want an upgrade to first class? Of course you do! But how badly? With American’s new system, you can put your aspirations to the test by bidding to upgrade your flight.

Three Positive Hyatt Program Changes for 2014

Perhaps softening the blow of upcoming increases to its award prices, Hyatt announced three positive changes to Gold Passport set to take effect in 2014.

United Plan Puts Profit Ahead of Passengers

United today unveiled a plan to cut costs by $2 billion annually, and increase ancillary revenue by $700 million. Conspicuously missing: anything benefiting its customers.

Save 10% on Hyatt Gift Cards Through December 31

Through the end of this year, Hyatt is offering Gold Passport members gift cards for 10 percent less than their face value.

Win a Culinary Trip for Two to Seattle

Enter the Calphalon Ultimate Seattle Foodie Experience sweepstakes by November 28, 2013, for a chance to win a trip for two to Seattle, including airfare, hotel, and two dinners.

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

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