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Over the past 12 months, we've published close to 1,000 articles, covering a wide range of mileage-program and general travel topics.

As you might expect, the most-read articles were those focused on the largest airlines, with the largest programs: United, Southwest, and American. (Sorry, Delta.) Popular subjects were award-seat availability, credit-card bonuses, elite perks, and mileage-purchase bonuses.

And out of left field, currently at no. five and still rising in the rankings, came an article detailing the pet peeves of flight attendants. Which, it turns out, largely concerned the boorish behavior of airline passengers....read more»

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If it's a good deal (or a notably bad one) from an airline, hotel, or car-rental loyalty program, you can read all about it here, and plan your travel accordingly....read more»

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Can't remember your AAdvantage number? Now, program members can log onto AA.com using either their AAdvantage numbers or their registered email addresses, plus their passwords....read more»

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Air rage isn't just for passengers. Flight attendants go ballistic too. And you may be one of the reasons they do....read more»

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As always, the biggest hassle travelers face in renting cars is whether or not to buy the rental company's grossly overpriced "collision/loss damage waiver," or CDW. When you rent a car, the base rate does not cover you for collision damage—physical damage to the car you've rented—so you absolutely need a way to protect yourself against that substantial financial risk. Over the years, a "standard model" of rental-car insurance has evolved, with these basic rules: ...read more»

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I usually don't like to report on those "best" or "least expensive" city or airport stories. I figure that if you really want to visit the Louvre, the fact that Albuquerque is less expensive or Seoul has a better airport is irrelevant. But once in a while a "best" list comes along that might actually be useful to you.

The latest comes from TripAdvisor; it ranks cities by nine categories based on a survey of the site's users. And it ranks both the three best and the three lowest in each category. If you're considering visiting these cities, some of the rankings can provide a good guide to how easy the visit might be. ...read more»

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Enter AlaskaTravel's "Beyond Your Dreams, Within Your Reach" sweepstakes by January 31, 2013, for a chance to win one of three Alaska travel packages....read more»

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Beginning early next year, members of Alaska's Mileage Plan program will be able to earn and redeem miles when flying on Aeromexico....read more»

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Take advantage of NORAD's radar system, glowing-nose-seeking satellites, and a vast network of worldwide cameras to track Santa's journey....read more»

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Following is our regular summary of the 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 Fees Set to Tarnish Southwest's Image

In setting new fees, Southwest's managers are betting they can simultaneously erode Southwest's goodwill quotient while boosting its profitability. Magical thinking?...read more»

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