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.
Lonely Planet’s “Best in Travel 2016” report makes a compelling case for visiting Botswana. Prepare to revise your bucket list.
Virgin America’s new Hawaii flights could be the beginning of lower-priced air service to the Aloha state.
AAdvantage may be the industry’s most generous program. Enjoy it while you can, as American may follow Delta and United in converting it to a spend-based program.
Through February 15, 2016, members of the IHG Rewards program who charge their stays to a MasterCard can earn 1,000 bonus points for the first stay, and a surprise bonus for subsequent stays.
In the first such tie up between an airline and Airbnb, members of Virgin America’s Elevate program can now earn frequent-flyer points for Airbnb stays or for becoming an Airbnb host.
Between November 2 and December 31, members of Frontier’s EarlyReturns program can earn double base miles and double elite-qualifying miles for all Frontier flights.
It’s slow season for travel to Asia, which means more opportunities to earn bonus miles for flights to Tokyo and beyond.
Between November 2 and December 31, Club Carlson members can earn double elite-qualifying nights for stays at participating Carlson Rezidor hotels.
Enter the World Travel Holdings “Sweepstakes at Sea” sweepstakes by January 31 for a chance to win a $3,000 cruise voucher and 500,000 American AAdvantage miles.
Somebody has to win, right? Might as well be you.