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Recap: The Week’s Biggest Travel 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.

United Airlines Has a Plan to Fix Its Public Image

As part of its campaign to regain customers’ trust after a recent P.R. debacle, United today committed to improving the flight experience 10 ways.

Are U.S. Travelers Satisfied with These Airlines?

How satisfied are travelers with the airlines? More than they were last year, according to the latest edition of the American Customer Satisfaction Index.

U.S. Considers Extending Laptop Ban to Europe Flights

U.S. authorities are reportedly considering extending the laptop ban on flights from Africa and the Middle East to flights departing from Europe.

And the Best U.S. Frequent Flyer Program Is …

According to the latest Freddies poll, Southwest’s Rapid Rewards is the best airline program, and Marriott Rewards is the best hotel scheme. Your vote?

5-Day Sale and Points Bonus on IHG Hotel Bookings

Through Friday, April 28, InterContinental Hotels Group is offering travelers three ways to spend less or get more points for upcoming stays.

Hilton’s Summer Bonus Is Double, Triple Points

Between May 1 and August 31, Hilton Honors members can earn double points for stays at all Honors hotels. Diamond-level elite members earn triple points.

Hilton Upgrades Honors Program with Points Pooling

Effective immediately, Hilton Honors members may combine their points with as many as 10 other members fee-free.

Latest American E-Shopping Bonus: 500 Miles After Spending $200

Through April 30, members of American’s AAdvantage program can earn a 500-mile bonus after spending at least $200 at any of more than 850 online merchants.

Palm Springs, Anyone? Win a 4-Night Trip for 2

Enter this sweepstakes to win a four-night trip for two to Palm Springs, including air, hotel, dining certificate, retail certificates, and activity passes.

Somebody has to win this trip, 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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