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Miles & Points: The Week’s Best Frequent-Flyer Deals (Week of October 16, 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.

Reinvent the Airline Experience? Easier Said Than Done

Nickel-and-dimed to distraction, and crammed into crusher seats, travelers naturally wonder if there isn’t a better way to run an airline. A distinguished design company has an idea.

Restaurant Tipping? Danny Meyer Says ‘No!’

One of the country’s most successful and acclaimed restaurateurs, Danny Meyer, has pledged to end tipping at his restaurants. Is this the beginning of the end of tipping?

New 19-Hour Flight Will Be World’s Longest

At 19 hours, Singapore Air’s upcoming New York flights will be the world’s longest. At least for coach-class flyers, that’s as much a threat as it is a promise.

No More In-Room Porn At Hyatt Hotels

This week, Hyatt followed Hilton’s lead in removing in-room pornography from its worldwide network of properties.

US Airways’ Final Flight

On Saturday, October 17, when flight US1939 (the year of the airline’s founding) lands in San Francisco, US Airways will cease to exist. Although gone, it won’t be forgotten.

DOJ Sides with Flyers in U.S.-Gulf Carrier Battle

If the Justice Department has its way, an international air battle royal may be coming to a head, with American travelers the winners.

Starwood Customers Pick Their Favorite Hotels

Which of Starwood’s 1,200 hotels in 100 countries are the most popular? The company’s just-released “2015 Member Favorite Hotels & Resorts” report has answers.

From Virgin America: Double Points, Elite Credits

Through November 19, Virgin America Elevate members can earn double points plus double elite-qualifying credits for all qualifying Virgin America flights.

Win a Trip for 2 to Rome (or $5,000 Cash)

Enter the Fontana Candida “Experience Rome” sweepstakes by December 31 for a chance to win a three-night trip for two to Rome, including air, hotel, a $250 gift card, and a winery tour.

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

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