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Miles & Points: The Week’s Best Frequent-Flyer Deals (Week of September 25, 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.

Preview: An Air Travelers’ Bill Of Rights

A California Congresswoman will soon introduce a bill establishing a passenger bill of rights. Nice idea, but is comfort something that can be legislated?

Restaurant Tipping? Stop the Madness!

There’s a slow-growing movement to remove tipping from the compensation equation. Think Uber, and some of the country’s finest dining establishments.

Now, Earn Frequent-Flyer Miles for Ebay Purchases

This month, eBay began participating in the mileage malls of Alaska, American, Southwest, and United. Let the mileage-earning begin!

Alaska Air Adds Icelandair to Its Mileage Program

Beginning on October 1, members of Alaska Air’s Mileage Plan can begin earning miles for Icelandair flights. And later, Alaska miles will be redeemable for Icelandair award flights.

$9.99-a-Day Car Rentals from Enterprise

Need a cheap car rental for a weekend jaunt, or just to take care of errands around town? Enterprise has you covered, with rates as low as $9.99 a day.

Up to 125,000 Bonus Miles for Transatlantic Flights

Through January 31, members of American’s AAdvantage program and British Airways’ Executive Club can earn up to 125,000 bonus miles for Europe flights on American, British Airways, Finnair, or Iberia.

Easy 200 Starwood Points (and Why to Earn Them)

Good: Earn a quick 200 Starwood bonus points by opting to receive promotional emails. Better: Extend the life of all the Starwood points in your account.

Virgin America Is New Citi Card Transfer Partner

Points earned with credit cards linked to Citi’s ThankYou Rewards program may now be exchanged for points in Virgin America’s Elevate program.

Win a 1-Week Trip for 2 to Australia

Enter the Treasury Wine Estates sweepstakes by October 31 for a chance to win a week-long trip for two to Australia, including air, hotel, rental car, meal allowance, and excursions.

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

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