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Enter by October 11 for a chance to win a trip for two from Friendly Planet Travel....read more»

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A recent change has given rise to skepticism among SkyMiles members....read more»

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In a novel mashup of an airline mileage program and an opaque booking site, United has partnered with Hotwire to offer MileagePlus members hotel room-night awards for fewer miles. The catch: As with other opaque bookings, you won't know exactly which hotel you're booking until you've committed to the stay. And the commitment is irreversible—you can't cancel and have the miles reinstated just because you're unhappy with the hotel chosen for you. As with United's published hotel and rental-car awards, the opaque hotel awards are available to Premier members and United MileagePlus Chase cardholders with account addresses in the 50 United States, Puerto Rico, or Guam....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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Two motorists have recently driven along Fairbanks International Airport's taxiway and across a runway, due to a glitch in Apple's Maps app, reports the Alaska Dispatch....read more»

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A shocking report from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) reveals that a flight to the United Kingdom was left with no one awake at the controls when both pilots fell asleep mid-flight. The Daily Mail reports that the incident took place on August 13 and involved a 325-seat Airbus A330, operated by a British-based airline. (The CAA did not name the airline.)...read more»

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The U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics yesterday released performance data for the U.S. airlines through the first month of summer, June.

If you traveled by air during that month, you already know first hand the key finding: Flights were full.

Just how full were they?...read more»

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As loyalty programs go, Spirit Airlines' Free Spirit gives members laughably little reason to be loyal.

There are very few earning partners (Choice hotels, Hertz, and the Free Spirit MasterCard). Miles can only be redeemed for Spirit flights. There are fees to redeem miles within 180 days of departure. And miles expire after just three months of inactivity, unless you hold the program-linked MasterCard and make at least one purchase per month.

But as of this month, Free Spirit members have an additional avenue for earning miles: Free Spirit Dining....read more»

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Soak up some culture for free this Saturday, September 28, at Museum Day Live! Museums nationwide are offering complimentary admission in honor of this annual event hosted by Smithsonian Magazine....read more»

Welcome to Upright Position, SmarterTravel's new weekly series in which editor Caroline Costello discusses emotional and controversial travel topics. Join the debate by leaving a comment below!

The Men Taking Up Too Much Space on the Train Tumblr really has a point. In public spaces, some people sit with knees apart and elbows splayed, breaching adjacent spots with their limbs. Often, these people just happen to be men. Once in a while women probably do it too, but photographic evidence and this Wall Street Journal article point to the menfolk....read more»

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