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Recap: The Week’s Biggest Stories and Best Deals

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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.

New from Standard Hotels: Flexible Check-In, Check-Out

While flexible check-in and check-out is an obvious traveler-pleaser, few hotels offer it. This week, Standard Hotels added its name to that short list.

Coming to New York, Vegas, and Dubai: Paris Hilton Hotels

Paris Hilton hasn’t been much in the limelight lately, and now we know why. The 35-year-old socialite has been busy developing a new line of luxury hotels.

Is the U.S. Losing Cachet as a Tourist Destination?

Will America’s current wave of violence and anti-immigrant sentiment deter visits from overseas tourists and business travelers? A new survey provides answers.

Traffic Alert: Delta Plans $1.9 Billion LAX Relocation

Once completed, Delta’s L.A. airport project will be a plus for travelers.In the meantime, getting to and through the airport will be a pain in the LAX.

JetBlue Refreshes Free-Snack Menu

JetBlue has added Cheez-It crackers and Ocean Spray Craisins to its menu of complimentary onboard snack options.

New from Choice Hotels – Member-Only Rates

Choice’s new rates are discounted up to 7 percent for members of the hotel’s loyalty program who book direct.

Bad News for AAdvantage Members: New Earning Rates on Partner Airlines

With scant advance notice, American has announced new mileage-earning rates for travel on partner airlines. Most AAdvantage members will earn less.

3rd Night Free at Starwoods with MasterCard

Buy two Starwood nights, get one free. Sounds good, right? But the terms and conditions of this offer can be deal-breakers.

Win a 6-Night Culinary Tour of Spain for 2

Enter this sweepstakes for a chance to win the grand prize: a six-night trip to Spain for two, including air, hotel, meals at Michelin-starred restaurants.

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

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After 20 years working in the travel industry, and 15 years writing about it, Tim Winship knows a thing or two about travel. Follow him on Twitter @twinship.

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