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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.

Do We Need Kids-Free Seating on U.S. Airlines?

This month, India’s largest airline introduced a child-free Quiet Zone on its flights. Is it time for U.S. airlines to do the same?

Will Trump Hotels Survive Donald Trump the Candidate?

Are Donald Trump’s campaign antics a positive or a negative for his hotels? Financial data is hard to come by, but there are signs that business is lagging.

New York Wants to Kill Airbnb. And It Might

Legislation passed in New York could pose a threat to the very existence of popular home-sharing service Airbnb. Stay tuned; the drama is just beginning.

Delta Raises Award Prices 39%. Ouch!

Yesterday, Delta’s lowest-priced business-class award ticket for travel between the U.S. and India was 70,000 miles each way. Today, it’s 97,500 miles.

Yours for Only 2.5 Million Delta Miles: Private Jet Rides

The private jet experience: It’s not for everybody. But if you have 2.5 million Delta miles to redeem, you too can travel like a boss.

The Jet-Lag Problem, Solved?

A new study discovers how to mitigate the discomfort and disorientation.

Earn Up to 50,000 Bonus Miles for American Flights to the S. Pacific

American AAdvantage members can earn up to 50,000 bonus miles for flights between the U.S. and Australia or New Zealand.

Hyatt’s Gold Passport Program to Be Overhauled

As the airlines have done, Hyatt is amping up the rewards for its most profitable customers, at the expense of less frequent travelers.

Win 1 Million United MileagePlus Frequent-Flyer Miles

Enter this sweepstakes for a chance to win the grand prize: 1 million United MileagePlus frequent-flyer miles, plus a check for $5,000.

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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