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Miles & Points: The Week’s Best Frequent-Flyer Deals (Week of October 31, 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.

Americans Would Rather Work for Free than Travel

In 2013, American workers averaged 16 days of vacation, foregoing a week’s worth of earned time off. Is the sad state of travel partly to blame?

The Five Worst Airlines

What’s the worst airline? A recent survey names the five most hated airlines in the world.

New AAdvantage Program to Feature Few Changes

Good news! When AAdvantage and Dividend Miles are combined, the new program will be mostly a continuation of the current AAdvantage, with a few tweaks, mostly positive.

Virgin America Calls Out Blah Airlines

Virgin America’s latest promotional video runs 5 hours and 46 minutes, documenting in real time Blah Airlines flight 101 from Newark to San Francisco. You’ll laugh, and cry.

The Future of Flying: Windowless Planes

The U.K.-based Centre for Process Innovation has a contradictory vision for the future of flying: windowless cabins with panoramic views.

Ticket Prices High Despite Lower Fuel Costs

Ticket prices are higher this year, in spite of a 22% decrease in the airlines’ single largest expense item: jet fuel. What gives?

Save 35 Percent on Two-Night Radisson Stays

Travelers can save 35 percent for stays of two or more nights at Radisson hotels in the Americas and Asia Pacific booked by November 11 and completed between November 21 and January 31

Hilton Offers Double Points for Two or More Stays

Between November 1, 2014, and January 31, 2015, HHonors members can earn double points for the second and subsequent stays at participating Hilton family hotels.

Win 1 Million Hilton Points and a Cruise

Enter the CruisesOnly “1,000,000 Points” sweepstakes by December 31 for a chance to win 1 million Hilton HHonors points and a seven-night Caribbean cruise.

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

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