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.
The weeks-long bidding war to acquire Starwood Hotels ended abruptly late today, with Marriott the apparent winner.
The day before April Fools’ day, Virgin America unveiled a new logo. Please connect the dots.
Members of Southwest’s Rapid Rewards program can now earn bonus points for their first Lyft ride.
If you’ve already earned elite status with American, Delta, Southwest, or United, Virgin America will match that status, for three months.
Hilton HHonors members can now order an Uber straight from the HHonors app.
Credible rumors are circulating that Virgin America is in serious discussions regarding a merger with either JetBlue or Alaska Airlines.
This week, Alaska Airlines’ likability quotient (and its mileage program) took a hit. A big hit.
In the past week, three instances of airline-employee misbehavior have made the national news. All the miscreants were flight-crew workers, responsible for flyers’ safety.
Enter the Pernod Ricard “St. Patrick’s Day” sweepstakes by April 30 for a chance to win one of six trips for two to Ireland, including air and hotel.
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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