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Miles & Points: The Week’s Best Frequent-Flyer Deals (Week of April 25, 2014)

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, After $609 Million Loss: ‘What Me Worry?’

In spite of challenging winter weather, most U.S. airlines managed to turn a profit during the first quarter of 2014. But United posted a huge loss, and lacks a clear path forward.

JetBlue Pilots’ Unionization Raises Questions

The vote by JetBlue pilots to join a union raises questions about the airline’s ability to deliver top-notch customer service and competitive fares.

Orbitz Adds Credit Card to Rewards Program

In a bid to establish itself as the frontrunner among the OTA loyalty programs, Orbitz this week introduced a credit card linked to its Rewards program.

New Study Shows Airlines Are Huge Disappointment

According to the latest American Customer Satisfaction Index report, airlines deliver less satisfaction than 39 of the 43 industries surveyed.

Frontier Offers Double Miles for Many Flights

After a period of little in the way of promotional activity, Frontier is offering double frequent-flyer miles on no fewer than 26 flights.

Double Alaska Miles (and a Discount) on Emirates

Between April 21 and November 30, Mileage Plan members can earn double miles for non-stop Emirates flights between the U.S. and Dubai, and for onward connecting flights from Dubai.

Hilton’s Summer Promotion: Double Points or Miles

Between May 1 and July 31, Hilton HHonors members can earn double base points or double airline miles for stays at participating hotels.

IHG Discounts Award Stays in Mexico, Caribbean

Through May 3, IHG Rewards members can book award nights at 11 hotels in Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central America for half the normal number of points.

Win a Trip for Two to the British Virgin Islands

Enter the Budget Travel “Win a Trip to the BVI” sweepstakes by May 18 for a chance to win a trip for two to the British Virgin Islands, including airfare and six nights’ hotel.

Somebody has to win, right? Might as well be you.

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