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Miles & Points: The Week’s Best Frequent-Flyer Deals (Week of October 17, 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.

Which Airline Has the Best Transcon Service?

George Hobica found out the old-fashioned way: by trying each U.S. airline’s New York/Los Angeles service.

No Love for Guests After Hotel Fire

If your belongings were incinerated in a hotel fire, would you expect the hotel to compensate you for your loss? Hampton Inn’s response to that question may surprise you.

Saveur Picks the Best Airline Meals

Saveur, probably the most credible surviving culinary magazine, has just published its 2014 Culinary Travel Awards, including its expert panel’s picks of the best in inflight dining.

Earn Up to 6X AAdvantage Miles for Hertz Rentals

Through February 28, 2015, AAdvantage members can earn up to six times the normal miles for rentals of any car type from Hertz.

Earn Double Southwest Points for La Quinta Stays

Through December 31, Rapid Rewards members can earn double points for stays at more than 800 La Quinta hotels.

Martial Law as the Next Big Tourist Attraction

Would you visit a country after a military coup? Thailand wants to make it a selling point.

Hilton to Launch New Hotel Brand, Canopy

Does the world really need another hotel brand? Hilton thinks so, and will begin opening new hotels under the Canopy name in 2015.

Double Gold Plus Rewards Points for Hertz Rentals

Through December 15, members of the Hertz Gold Plus Rewards program can earn double points for qualifying rentals, a reminder that car companies’ programs can provide solid value.

Win a Three-Night Trip for Two to Barbados

Enter the Food & Wine “Experience Barbados” sweepstakes by November 15 for a chance to win a three-night trip for two to Barbados, including air, hotel, and some meals.

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

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