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Recap: The Week’s Biggest Stories and Best Deals

SmarterTravel

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.

Is Airbnb Killing the Hotel Business?

Will Airbnb do to traditional hotels what Uber and Lyft are doing to the taxi business?

Alaska Airlines Offers Bonus for Partner Flights

Alaska Airlines’ extensive partner network is the focus of its upcoming mileage promotion.

Problem or Solution: Which Kind of Driver Are You?

Planning a road trip this summer? For the sake of safety and peace of mind, your own and others’, add this to the pre-departure to-do list: a review of your driving habits.

From Best Western: a $50 Gift Card After 2 Stays

Between May 23 and August 28, Best Western Rewards members can earn a $50 Best Western travel card after two qualifying stays. Deal or no deal?

Summer Travel Outlook: Long Lines, Jammed Flights

With the country’s commercial air-transport system stressed to its limits even during off-peak periods, the uptick in summer flyers will push it to the brink. Here’s how to survive the crush.

Compare Uber, Lyft Prices? There’s an App for That

There are several apps currently available that allow travelers to display side-by-side prices for rides from Uber, Lyft, and other rideshare services. Their future, however, is unclear.

Coming to Las Vegas on June 6: Parking Fees

Vegas visits are no longer a bargain, especially when the mandatory resort fees are factored in. Dining on the cheap means downgrading to a Happy Meal. And the end of free parking is less than a month away.

Delta Puts Award Tickets on Sale

Through June 7, SkyMiles members can book award travel on more than 8,000 domestic Delta flights, for travel between August 23 and November 16, for as few as 5,500 miles each way.

Win a 4-day trip for 4 to Nassau, Bahamas

Enter the Copa Airlines “My Paradise” sweepstakes by July 5 for a chance to win a four-day trip for four to Nassau, Bahamas, including air, transfers, hotel, some meals, and a swim with dolphins.

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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