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Recap: The Week’s Biggest Travel Stories and Best Deals

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.

Apple Has a Fix for Distracted Driving. So, Where Is It?

Apple has the technological wherewithal to prevent drivers from texting and otherwise taking their eyes off the road. Why isn’t that feature on the company’s phones?

On-Time Flights? Sometimes, but There’s Plenty of Room to Improve

What are the odds that your flight will arrive on time? It depends on the airline, and varies a lot. Here are the 10 best, and one of the worst.

New Study Crowns Delta’s Mileage Program the ‘Best.’ Really?

While WalletHub’s new study of the major frequent flyer programs looks to be scientifically sound, it found Delta’s program to be the best. Huh?

American’s New Basic Economy Fares… Too Much Like United’s

With its new basic economy fares, announced today, American follows United in prohibiting flyers from stowing bags in the overhead bins. How low can you go?

Airline Passengers We Love to Hate – Are You One of Them?

Expedia has just released its list of the most aggravating travelers. It’s a list you don’t want to be on.

Earn Triple Bonus Points for Cuba Flights

Through March 18, members of JetBlue’s TrueBlue program can earn triple points for JetBlue flights to Havana, Santa Clara, Camaguey, and Holguin.

The 10 Airports Where the TSA Found the Most Guns

In 2016, the TSA busted 28 percent more flyers trying to sneak their guns through security checkpoints. What were they thinking?

Should Flight Attendants Be Armed?

Unruly passengers have become an increasingly pressing problem for the airlines. Is arming flight attendants with stun guns the answer?

Win a 7-Night Trip for 2 to Venice, Italy

Enter this sweepstakes for a chance to win a dream trip for two worth $10,000, to be planned by a Travel + Leisure A-List agent.

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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