Weekly Recap: Hotel Bonuses + Virgin America Upgrades + Plunging Airfares + Satisfied Flyers

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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.

Travelers More Satisfied with Airlines

The results of the latest American Customer Satisfaction Index show a continued rise in flyers’ satisfaction with U.S. airlines.

Airfares Fall to Lowest Levels Since 2010

Ticket prices are down. But the real cost may have fallen less than the data suggest, and less than travelers would enjoy in a more competitive marketplace.

Uber Customers, Prepare for Tipping

In a newly reached settlement, Uber has agreed to allow its drivers to solicit tips from riders, verbally or with signs in their cars. Tip, or no tip?

Book IHG Stays for Just 5,000 Points Per Night

IHG Rewards this week released its latest list of PointBreaks hotels that are available for booking for just 5,000 points per night. Worth a look!

Buy Hilton HHonors Points for $5 per 1,000, Until June 3

Through June 3, HHonors members will receive a 100 percent bonus when purchasing HHonors points. Deal or no deal?

In Run Up to Merger, Virgin America Continues Upgrading Loyalty Program

Even in the final days before its acquisition by Alaska Airlines, Virgin America continues upgrading its Elevate loyalty program.

New Wyndham Bonus: A Free Night (Almost) After 2 Stays

Through July 31, Wyndham Rewards members can earn 5,000 bonus points for each of up to two stays booked using the Visa Checkout app for payment.

Carlson Hotels Acquired. Loyalty Points Are Safe (for Now)

The announcement this week that Carlson will be acquired by Beijing-based HNA left many questioning the future of their loyalty points. Should they worry?

Win a 7-Night Golf Getaway in Scotland for 4

Enter the Golf Advisor “Great Scot Getaway” sweepstakes by May 22 for a chance to win a trip to Scotland for four, including air, hotel, and golfing.

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

After 20 years working in the travel industry, and almost that long writing about it, Tim Winship knows a thing or two about travel. Follow him on Twitter @twinship.

This article first appeared on SmarterTravel.com, where Tim Winship is Editor-at-Large.

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