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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.

Delta SkyMiles Members Can Now Earn Miles for Airbnb Stays

In yet another sign that the mainstream travel industry is slowly recognizing the sharing economy, Delta now awards frequent-flyer miles for Airbnb stays.

Delta’s Premium Economy, Coming in 2017. The Real Deal?

Delta’s new Delta Premium is an upgraded coach product that’s truly premium. Whether it will justify the price premium remains to be seen.

How to Survive Thanksgiving’s Busiest Travel Days

Do your Thanksgiving travel plans include flying during this traditionally stressful period? Here’s what to expect, and how to cope.

U.S. Airlines Upgrade Business Class. Which Is Best?

The Big Three full-service carriers have all recently introduced new business-class services. Here’s a guide to choosing the best.

How Much Would You Pay for Unlimited First-Class Upgrades?

What if first class were only twice as expensive as coach? What if it was just $1,000 more? Or $500? There are deals to be had, including this new one…

Book Award Stays at 127 InterCon Hotels for Just 5,000 Points Per Night

IHG Rewards members can now book award nights for just 5,000 points at 127 participating hotels, for stays through January 31, 2017.

Year-End Carlson Promotion: Double Points or Elite Nights

Through December 31, Club Carlson members can choose to earn one of two available bonuses for stays at participating Carlson Rezidor hotels.

Judge: Airline Price-Fixing Lawsuit Can Proceed

Think the airlines conspire to keep airfares high by restraining capacity growth? You’re about to have that suspicion reality-checked in a court of law.

Win a 10-Day Tour of India for 2

Enter this sweepstakes for a chance to win a 10-day trip to India, including air, hotels, ground transportation, tours, some meals, and a check for $2,200.

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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