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Recap: The Week’s Biggest Stories and Best Deals

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.

Delta Ups the Ante with New International Business Class

In addition to a sliding door, Delta’s new new “suite” seats boast mood lighting, plenty of storage space, an 18-inch TV, power outlets, and USB ports.

Your Next Uber Ride May Be in a Driverless Car

In a preview of a fully driverless future, Uber customers in Pittsburgh soon will be ferried to their destinations in self-driving Volvo XC90 SUVs.

Limited Time – Discounted Delta Award Travel to Europe

For the next week, SkyMiles members can book discounted award tickets to Europe, in coach or business class, for travel through April 6, 2017.

Labor Day Travel Forecast: 4% More Flyers

Labor Day travelers should be prepared for an extra-uncomfortable flight experience. Kinda like last year.

Senators Call Out Airlines for Flight Disruptions

Two senators want to know what’s behind the recent airline computer meltdowns that have disrupted the lives of hundreds of thousands of travelers.

Wanna Fly with Your Pet Monkey? There’s an Airline for That!

Where other airlines strictly limit pets in the passenger cabin, North Korea’s Air Koryo allows passengers to carry on board dogs, cats, birds, and monkeys.

The Best U.S. Mileage Program, and the Worst

Here are the best (and worst) programs in America based on ease of earning, number of daily flights, award flight availability, and other important factors.

Save 25% on United Award Flights to Asia

MileagePlus members can save 25 percent when booking coach-class awards for roundtrip travel to Asia between August 29, 2016, and April 30, 2017.

Win a 5-Day Trip for 4 to St. Pete, Florida, with First-Class Air

Enter this sweepstakes for a chance to win a five-day trip for four people to St. Pete, Florida, including hotel, first-class air, and a $500 gift card.

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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