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.
Yet Another Survey Picks Virgin America as Best Airline
In yet another best-airline survey, yet another win for Virgin America, which will soon be merged into Alaska Airlines.
Need a Nap? JetBlue Has a Pod for You
Need a pre- or post-flight nap in the midst of the airport’s hustle and bustle? If you’re in the JetBlue terminal at New York’s JFK airport, you’re in luck.
Sleeper Seats Between L.A. and San Francisco? Think ‘Bus’
The new Sleepbus service features twin beds, WiFi, and other amenities on the 6.5-hour bus trip between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Better than flying?
With Eye on Starwood, Marriott Adds Loyalty-Program Perks
Marriott has introduced new features to its Rewards program to assuage Starwood loyalists’ fears that Marriott values its elites less than Starwood does.
Hyatt Offers Members-Only Discounts
Members of Hyatt’s Gold Passport program who book direct can save “up to 10 percent.” Deal or no deal?
New Club Carlson Offer: Up to 50,000 Bonus Points
Between April 18 and July 31, Club Carlson members can earn up to 50,000 bonus points.
From Wyndham: a $100 Rebate (but Mind the Hurdles)
Through September 6, Wyndham Rewards members can earn $100 in Wyndham Rewards gift cards after two qualifying stays. The devil, though, is in the details.
Limited Time: Delta Discount on Europe Award Flights
Through April 21, SkyMiles members can book business-class award trips to Europe for 105,000 miles roundtrip, for travel June 3 through October 29.
Win a Cruise of Tahiti and the Society Islands
Enter the Paul Gauguin Cruises “Soul of the South Seas” sweepstakes by May 31 for a chance to win a seven-night cruise for two of Tahiti and the Society Islands.
Somebody has to win, right? Might as well be you.
More from SmarterTravel:
- Major Airline Discontinues Phone-Booking Fees. Really!
- Alaska-Virgin America Merger Begets Sadness, Skepticism
- Airline Complaints Highest in 15 Years. Why?
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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