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Recap: This Week’s Must-Read Frequent Flyer News

Recap: This Week’s Must-Read Frequent Flyer News

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.

New Study Finds that Loyalty Programs Are on the Decline

A newly released study by Deloitte finds that travel-rewards programs are failing to drive loyalty.

Are they really?

NTSB Says No Quick Fix for Dreamliner Problems

In a blow to Boeing, the National Transportation Safety Board today reported that their investigation into a battery fire onboard a Japan Airlines 787 is far from complete.

Virgin America Serves Up Points-for-Dining

Starting today, members of Virgin America’s Elevate program can earn points when dining at restaurants that participate in the MOGL network.

More Hints on the Future of Delta SkyMiles

Remarks by Delta’s president give further credence to speculation that the airline is planning to replace its mileage-based program with a revenue-based scheme, like Southwest’s.

The Verdict on American’s New Livery: Meh

American’s new logo and livery, introduced less than a week ago, are getting plenty of attention and commentary, much of it negative. What’s your take?

Southwest Sells Early Boarding for $40 Each Way

The new early boarding option will be available beginning 45 minutes prior to the flight departure time.

The Jury Is Out on New Priority Club Award Prices

Priority Club published its new prices for award stays on January 18. The answer to the key question–higher or lower–remains elusive.

Delta Offers Bonuses for New SkyMiles Members

Not yet a member of Delta’s SkyMiles program? A new suite of bonuses provides a compelling reason to sign up sooner rather than later.

Win a Trip to the Aspen Food & Wine Classic

Enter the Food & Wine sweepstakes by January 31 for a chance to win the grand prize: a four-day trip for two to Aspen, including air, hotel, and passes to the Food & Wine Classic.

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

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