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    When - and When Not - to Use Your Frequent Flier Miles

    When - and When Not - to Use Your Frequent Flier Miles
    If you've been following the Joy of Miles series thus far, you might expect my overarching advice to be that frequent flier miles should be earned for everything possible. And these days, they can indeed be earned for just about anything. In fact, though, part of being an educated consumer is knowing when not to earn miles. Before rushing headlong to ...
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    Take Off with Deep Travel Discounts

    Take Off with Deep Travel Discounts
    At least some good news is coming from the dismal economy: It hasn't been this cheap to fly in years. With fewer people getting on planes, carriers have been forced to drastically reduce fares to attract customers and keep up with the competition. *The cost of many flights is down 30% to 50% from a year ago at this time.* Last ...
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    How to Overcome Jet Lag

    How to Overcome Jet Lag
    Crossing several time zones makes travelers an easy prey for the brain-fogging, energy-zapping disorder known as jet lag. And while nearly everyone’s got advice for how to beat it - ranging from inflight sleeping pills to keeping your watch on the old time - the best remedy is to start resetting your internal clock several days before you leave home. “Get ...
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    All Aboard: Booking Trains for Business Travel

    All Aboard: Booking Trains for Business Travel
    Need to be productive en route? Take the train. On most Amtrak routes, four people can spread out at a table, use their cell phones, and actually do some work. Amtrak All routes have business-class cars and participate in an awards program, and most have cell phone-free cars. The Boston-to-Washington, D.C., Acela Express is geared specifically for the business traveler, with ...
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    Is Amtrak a Viable Solution for Business Travelers?

    Is Amtrak a Viable Solution for Business Travelers?
    With rising fuel costs and concerns about my carbon footprint, I decided to take the train on a recent business trip. Although I've often used high speed trains in Europe and Japan, riding the rails in America outside the Northeast corridor promised a new adventure. When visiting the East Coast I often use Amtrak to traverse the Northeast corridor between ...
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    9 Ways to Save on Rental Cars

    9 Ways to Save on Rental Cars
    We focus so much on hotel and airfare costs that it's easy to overlook other areas where prices have climbed steadily--and sometimes insidiously. Dining is one (we've all eaten the mediocre $35 room-service breakfast). Renting a car is another. Even with gas prices back at tolerable levels--for now, anyway--car rental costs are about as high as they've ever been. But you'd ...
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    Check Real-Time Flight Status

    Check on any flight from any carrier by the departure and arrival airport, airline and flight number, or by airport using the top widget. Also, see the weather and areas of delay in any major city with the tool at the bottom. Legend: Scroll over "Legend" link at bottom of map See all of our "Travel" Articles.
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    Treat Your Boss' Expenses as Your Own

    Treat Your Boss' Expenses as Your Own
    With the economy turned upside down, everyone these days is focusing on expenses. And companies are tightening their belts and cracking the whip where they may not have done previously. My company just instituted its first expense policy guidelines. Up until now, they had always expected that employees would be price-conscientious while dining out or choosing a hotel. Unfortunately, people took ...
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    Airline Cutbacks Ripple Across the U.S.

    Airline Cutbacks Ripple Across the U.S.
    Use the interactive map to locate the changes in your area. Airline cutbacks: About this graphic USA TODAY analyzed domestic airline schedule data from OAG — Official Airline Guide for October 2008. The data reflects what airlines had reported to OAG regarding their October schedules as of June 9. The analysis examined domestic schedules because that's where airlines are making the ...
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    Canceled Package Deals Can Carry Stiff Penalties

    Canceled Package Deals Can Carry Stiff Penalties
    Question: Several months ago, my son booked a five-night trip to Las Vegas on Travelocity. The trip cost $1,656 for the hotel and airfare, and he paid for it using a Chase Visa debit card. He later decided to cancel the trip due to pending surgery. He called Travelocity and was told he could get about $900 back on the hotel ...
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    Hotel Rates to Stay Low Until 2012

    Hotel Rates to Stay Low Until 2012
    Exactly how good are the hotel discounts these day? Really good. In fact, a Bloomberg report says that hotels are cutting rates so deeply to encourage customers to walk through their doors that it may take four years to raise them back to 2008 levels. "We don’t see national average room rates getting back to 2008 levels until sometime in 2012 ...
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    Another Traveler's Phone Bill Nightmare Gives Everyone a Lesson

    Another Traveler's Phone Bill Nightmare Gives Everyone a Lesson
    P. Morgan Brown learned the hard way how crafty wireless providers can be. On a quick trip to Indonesia, his wife took her Verizon Wireless cell phone and when she came home, a nice big surprise was waiting for her. The first bill, with charges at $2.50 per text message and $1.75 per one-minute phone calls, came out to around $8,000. "We ...
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    American to Add Wi-Fi Service to Domestic Flights

    American to Add Wi-Fi Service to Domestic Flights
    Being online while being airborne is fast becoming reality for U.S travelers. American Airlines (AMR) is announcing on Tuesday that it's joining rival Delta Air Lines (DAL) in making Wi-Fi Internet connections available to most domestic passengers. American, No. 2 in the world in passenger traffic after Delta acquired Northwest Airlines last year, says it will equip more than 300 planes ...
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    Mexico Lifts Ban on In-flight Cell Phone Use

    Mexico Lifts Ban on In-flight Cell Phone Use
    The U.S. still prohibits the use of mobile phones during flights, but Mexico and other nations are re-thinking similar rules. Citing the use of new technology, using mobile phones and other electronics immediately after take off and prior to landing no longer interferes with the cockpit's navigation system.  The Mexican Communications and Transportation Department decided to lift the eight-year-old ban after ...
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    Ever Been Stranded at an Airport?

    Ever Been Stranded at an Airport?
    Being stranded at an airport just stinks … canceled flight, no connections and you can find yourself stranded pretty quick. I’ve experienced this personally a couple of times but usually, I deal with such occurrences when my boss calls as they’re trying to get back home and are stuck in some far off airport due to a canceled or delayed flight. ...
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