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Miles & Points: The Week’s Best Frequent-Flyer Deals (Week of September 13, 2013)

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.

Southwest No-Shows to Get No Refunds

Beginning tomorrow, no-shows for Southwest flights will forfeit the amount paid for all flights remaining in their reservations.

Judge Approves American Plan to Exit Bankruptcy

The judge overseeing American’s bankruptcy today approved the airline’s plan to exit bankruptcy protection, but only if the merger with US Airways proceeds as proposed.

Smartphone Bookings Earn 1,000 Hilton Points

Through December 31, HHonors members can earn a 1,000-point bonus each time they book a Hilton stay with the company’s new booking app for the iPhone.

American’s Online Shopping Bonus: 1,000 Miles

Through September 30, AAdvantage members can when purchasing at least $35 worth of merchandise through the AAdvantage Shopping network of online retailers.

Marriott’s New MegaBonus Promotion Begins This Weekend

Between September 15, 2013, and January 15, 2014, Marriott Rewards members can earn one free Category 1-5 night after two qualifying stays, up to two free nights after four stays.

Consumers Oppose American Merger (If They Care at All)

According to a new survey by Skift, more consumers oppose the American-US Airways merger than support it. But even more just don’t care, one way or the other.

Earn Up to Double Points from Virgin America

This new two-way promotion gives travelers a solid reason to consider Virgin America for flights during the rest of this year.

A Free Night After Two Stays at Choice Hotels

Between September 5 and November 13, Choice Privileges members can earn 8,000 points after two stays, enough for a free night at one of 1,500 hotels in the Choice network.

National Car Rental Reprises ‘One-Two-Free’ Offer

Through January 31, 2014, members of National’s Emerald Club will earn enough for a free-rental-day after every two rentals of a mid-sized or larger car for two or more days.

Win a Six-Night Trip to Scotland for Four

Enter the VisitScotland Year of Natural Scotland sweepstakes by December 14 for a chance to win a six-night trip to Scotland for four people.

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

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