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Miles & Points: The Week’s Best Frequent-Flyer Deals (Week of September 19, 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.

JetBlue Gets New Leader. New Direction Next?

JetBlue’s announcement that Dave Barger will be stepping down as the company’s CEO on February 16, 2015, comes as a shock. More shocking still may be changes to the airline itself.

Southwest’s LAX Terminal to Get Makeover

This week, ground was broken on the 30-year-old Terminal 1 at LAX, home to Southwest, and the scourge of millions of air travelers whose flights departed from the overtaxed facility.

American Agents Vote to Unionize

On September 16, 86 percent of American’s 14,500 agents voted to be represented by the Communications Workers of America. What does that portend for American customers?

Spirit’s New Look Is Bold, Brash

The new paint scheme for Spirit’s planes can best be described as eye-popping: all yellow — think taxi-yellow — except for “Spirit” and “Bare Fare” printed in bold black.

Southwest: ‘No Plans to Charge Bag Fees’

Southwest customers can look forward to bag-fee-free flying — for now. But never say never.

Marriott Nudges Guests to Tip Housekeepers

Compassionate or sleazy? Marriott will place “Gratitude Envelopes” in its hotel rooms.

Earn Bonus Miles for London Flights

Between September 23 and December 12, MileagePlus members can earn up to 35,000 bonus miles for roundtrip flights between the U.S. or Canada and London on United or Air Canada.

Carlson’s Fall Bonus: 3,000 Points

Between September 8 and November 16, Club Carlson members can earn 3,000 bonus points for every stay booked through the Club Carlson mobile app.

Win One of Four REI Adventure Trips

Enter the REI “Around the World” sweepstakes by October 3 for a chance to win one of four grand prizes, including trips to Machu Picchu, Costa Rica, Mont Blanc, and Thailand.

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

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