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.
But don’t expect the U.S. to make the top five.
Members of Hyatt’s loyalty program can now earn and redeem points for personal experiences from IfOnly.
Earn an easy 3,000 bonus points just by using a mobile app.
The nation’s oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization, the NAACP, has accused the nation’s largest airline, American, of racism.
In a surprising move, Starwood has announced the end of its partnership with ride-share service Uber.
A “top places list” favorite, New Zealand, is obvious, but selections like Djibouti make this an interesting selection.
Where to go this fall? If quality and value are your guides, TripAdvisor has 10 hotel recommendations that deliver the goods.
Here’s how to save up to 52% on nine trips picked by TripAdvisor reviewers as their Dream Vacations.
The grand prize: a 10-day trip for two on Windstar’s cruise.
Somebody has to win this, 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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