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.
Even as fuel costs plunged and profits soared, U.S. airlines have attempted to raise fares no fewer than five times in 2016. Ouch!
Airline passengers filed 30 percent more complaints with the DOT in 2015. Of 13 U.S. carriers, Spirit was by far the most complained about.
Through March 31, members of Virgin America’s Elevate program can earn 500 bonus points for referring new members, up to 2,500 points for five referrals.
In a welcome bid for honest advertising, Senator Claire McCaskill has introduced a bill to force hotels to include resort fees in their advertised prices.
Uber and its drivers are increasingly at odds over pay and working conditions. That friction could stall or even reverse the company’s growth.
Starbucks, the world’s largest purveyor of coffee-based beverages, has announced plans to award loyalty points based on spend. Sound familiar?
New customers for the Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature card can earn 75,000 bonus HHonors points after charging $2,000 within three months.
KLM’s newly announced Layover with a Local program pairs flyers on that airline making connections in Amsterdam with city residents.
Enter the Cupcake Vineyards “Treat Today” sweepstakes by March 15 for a chance to win a five-day trip for two to the 2016 Coachella Music Festival.
Somebody has to win, right? Might as well be you.
More from SmarterTravel:
- American Ups the Ante for Premium Airport Lounges
- Airlines to Harried Flyers: ‘Relax, Have a Pretzel’
- Hilton’s New Direct-Booking Discount Comes with Caveats
After 20 years working in the travel industry, and 15 years writing about it, Tim Winship knows a thing or two about travel. Follow him on Twitter @twinship.