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Miles & Points: The Week’s Best Frequent-Flyer Deals (Week of October 2, 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.

United’s New CEO: Yes, We Suck

United’s new CEO has issued an unusually public mea culpa, and promised to listen to the grievances of United customers and workers. What’s next?

Just How Rewarding Are Your Rewards Credit Cards?

According to a new survey by LendingTree, fully 52 percent of Americans “are clueless about credit card rewards.” How much value are you getting from your rewards cards?

Yes, You Can Redeem Frequent-Flyer Miles for a BMW

Members of one major airline loyalty program can now redeem their miles for a BMW. Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.

Are Smartphone Booking Apps Overrated?

You might think that smartphone apps were the booking option of choice for a majority of today’s travelers. But for now at least, the chatter far exceeds the actual usage.

New Delta Pay Packages Are a Mixed Bag

Delta workers’ wages will increase a hefty 14.5% in December, but their annual bonuses could decrease. So, what should Delta flyers expect: a more or less motivated workforce?

Free Netflix on Virgin America Flights

Can’t live without your Netflix? If you’re flying on newer Virgin America planes, you won’t have to. And for a limited time, you can watch it for free.

Earn 15,000 Bonus Points for 1 Park Inn Stay

Through December 31, Club Carlson members can earn 15,000 bonus points for one eligible stay at any Park Inn hotel in the U.S., Canada, or Latin America.

Best Western to Launch Spiffy New Boutique Brand

This week’s unveiling of GLo, a hip new brand, should help stodgy Best Western endear itself to younger, design-conscious travelers.

Win a 5-Night Trip for 2 to St. Lucia

Enter the Us Weekly “St. Lucia Giveaway” sweepstakes by October 18 for a chance to win a five-night trip for two to St. Lucia, including hotel and a $1,000 voucher to cover airfare.

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

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