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Miles & Points: The Week’s Best Frequent-Flyer Deals (Week of November 8, 2013)

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.

American Elites Will Pay to Requalify. No More Soft Landings

In place of soft landings, American will offer lapsed AAdvantage elite members two ways to retain their perks. Both come at a price.

Full Flights Make Thanksgiving a Travel Turkey

Traveling over the Thanksgiving holiday? If so, you’ll be among 25 million others, according to the annual holiday forecast by Airlines for America.

United Discounts Award Travel to Europe

Between November 7 and November 19, MileagePlus members can save 20 percent when booking Saver award flights to Europe between January 13 and March 11, 2014.

Prospects Improve for American-US Airways Merger

After months of wrangling via the media, the Justice Department and would-be merger partners American and US Air are discussing a deal that would allow the tie-up to proceed.

Another Hilton HHonors Devaluation

Beginning next year, Hilton will eliminate one its most popular earning options, Points & Fixed Miles.

Best Rental-Car Company: J.D. Power’s Pick

Best rental-car company, based on customer satisfaction? According to the latest J.D. Power survey, it’s National, followed by Enterprise and Alamo.

Delta Ups the Mileage Ante in Battle for Seattle

Through October 31, 2014, SkyMiles members can earn double miles for Delta flights between Seattle and Anchorage, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Portland, and Las Vegas.

Convert Hotel Points for 25% More United Miles?

Through November 30, MileagePlus members can earn 25 percent more miles when converting points from select hotel and rental-car partners into United miles.

Win a Five-Night Trip for Two to Hawaii

Enter the Kona Brewing Company sweepstakes by December 29, 2013, for a chance to win a trip for two to Hawaii, including airfare and five nights’ hotel accommodations.

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

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