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Miles & Points: The Week’s Best Frequent-Flyer Deals (Week of March 7, 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.

Spring Air Travel Forecast: Maximum Discomfort

For April and May, A4A is projecting that air travel will increase to its highest level in six years. Those full flights are bound to push discomfort levels into the stratosphere.

Delta Reveals New-for-2015 SkyMiles Award Prices

Delta today published award prices for its new SkyMiles program, set to launch next year. Promisingly, most of the award-price changes are decreases.

Virgin America Plans New Hub at Dallas Love Field

In a surprise announcement, Virgin America made a very public bid for the two gates at Dallas Love Field that American must divest to merge with US Airways.

10 Best Hotels for Fast Wi-Fi

Is your hotel among those with the fastest Wi-Fi? Check out Hotel Wi-Fi Test’s list of the 10 hotel brands with the highest download speeds.

Lapsed Marriott Elites Can Buy Back Status

Marriott Rewards’ recurring Elite Buy Back program is back, this time allowing program members who failed to qualify for status in 2014 to reinstate their 2013 status.

Southwest Extends 50,000-Point Credit Card Bonus

The 50,000-point sign-up bonus for Southwest’s Rapid Rewards credit card, originally set to expire this month, has been extended.

US Air’s New Buy-Miles Bonus Is … a Mystery

Through March 26, Dividend Miles members can earn a bonus when buying miles. The bonus is “up to 100 percent,” but you’ll have to log in to US Air’s website to find out what yours is.

Win a ‘Travel+Leisure’ Trip Worth $10,000

Enter the Travel+Leisure World’s Best Awards Giveaway sweepstakes by March 31 for a chance to win a trip worth up to $10,000, organized by a Travel+Leisure travel agent.

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

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