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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.

Another Day, Another Airline Computer Glitch

Add British Airways to the list of airlines whose computer systems have crashed, disrupting the travel plans of thousands of travelers. The new normal?

FAA Warns on Exploding Cellphones

Exploding smartphones? It’s a real possibility, according to the FAA, which has issued a statement urging travelers not to fly with Samsung Galaxy Note7s.

Reliable Air Transportation: How, and When?

As if cramped, uncomfortable flights weren’t stressful enough, recent service disruptions have called airlines’ reliability into question. Is there hope ahead?

La Compagnie to Shut Down Business-Class Flights to London

Business-class flights to London, from $1,577 roundtrip? Yes, but only though September 24, after which La Compagnie will suspend service on the route.

Earn Triple British Air Miles for Europe Flights

Through December 11, members of British Airways’ Executive Club can earn triple miles for flights on British Air, American, Finnair, and Iberia.

500 Virgin America Points, Quick & Easy

Got 30 seconds to spare? That’s all it takes to earn an easy 500 bonus points in Virgin America’s Elevate program.

Starwood’s Fall Promotion: Double or Triple Points

Between September 12 and December 18, Starwood Preferred Guest members can earn double points for weekday stays of two or more nights or triple points for weekend stays of two or more nights.

Allegiant Air Chases Loyalty with New Credit Card Program

This week, Allegiant Air introduced a new credit card that awards points for purchases and comes bundled with travel perks. Is it worth your loyalty?

Win a 10-Day Wine Lovers’ Trip for 2 to Burgundy

Enter this sweepstakes for a chance to win the grand prize: a 10-day trip for two people to Burgundy, France, including air, hotel, market and vineyard tours, and wine tastings.

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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