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American and Doha-based Qatar Airways now have a reciprocal frequent-flyer program relationship in place. That means that members of American's AAdvantage program can earn and redeem miles on Qatar flights, and members of Qatar's Privilege Club can earn and redeem miles for American flights.

American and Qatar already code-share on 170 routes, and Qatar is set to join the American-anchored oneworld airline alliance on October 30.

According to American's news release, Qatar currently serves 130 destinations in more than 70 countries in the Middle East, Europe, Africa, North and South America, Asia, and Australia. From its Doha hub, Qatar serves 22 cities throughout the Middle East and offers more than 1,100 weekly flights, including service to American's hubs in New York and Chicago, as well as Houston and Washington, D.C....read more»

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Don't ever think you're too old to rent a car and drive through Europe. You can't beat driving for catching all the interesting sights along the way and enjoying the many—and usually inexpensive—roadside restaurants. As far as I know, Ireland is the only country in Western Europe where renting a car is difficult to impossible if you're over 70. If you're OK to drive at home—really OK, not just barely making it—you should be OK to drive in Europe. Just make a few adjustments. ...read more»

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Car-rental companies just hate it when you don't buy their overpriced collision damage waiver "insurance." No matter that you have coverage through your credit card, as many do, or that you bought the much cheaper coverage your online travel agency offered; they want you to buy their stuff—and they may make it hard for you to avoid buying it. Fortunately, you can often find a work-around, but it may be more hassle then it should be. ...read more»

Pittsburgh skyline (Photo: Jeff Hixon, Commonwealth Media Services 1996)

Are you participating in an office fantasy football league right now? Might want to check your workplace policy on gambling and see if its as harsh as the TSA's. TSA administrators recently disciplined 62 employees at Pittsburgh International Airport (according to Jaunted.com, that's about 20 percent of the total TSA workforce at the airport) for workplace sports gambling....read more»

Consult our "Should I Pack It?" diagram to find out whether you should really pack that third pair of shoes, travel alarm clock, or expensive watch....read more»

Plaice to Be Fish-and-Chip Shop, Pilochry, Scotland (Photo: Dominic Bonuccelli)

Oslo recently overtook Tokyo as the most expensive city in the world. That doesn't surprise me in the least. The last time I was in Oslo, a plain cup of coffee cost $4. Beer, while very good, was $8 a glass.

Whether you're in an outlandishly expensive country or just want to save money, there are plenty of strategies for stretching your food budget in Europe. Here are some tips: ...read more»

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This pouch straps onto your arm and holds your phone and other essentials. Gimmick or great?...read more»

Southwest: Refueling Plane (Photo: Southwest Airlines/Stephen M. Keller)

Southwest began notifying Rapid Rewards members that, effective on March 31, 2014, their points will be worth less....read more»

Man Relaxing on Bench in Parisian Park (Photo: Carol Ries)

Enter the Cointreau Always Invite Cointreau sweepstakes by November 15, 2013 for a chance to win one of five grand prizes, each consisting of a trip for two to Paris, including air, three nights' hotel, $1,000 spending money, and one dinner.

To participate, provide the requested contact information on the sweepstakes landing page and press "submit." Time required to enter: under 15 seconds....read more»

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For many adults, family trips to destination theme parks are an act of sacrifice. Where kids see magic and adventure, the less-enchanted parents, aunts, uncles, and grandparents among us see only long lines, intolerable crowds, and sticky surfaces.

On a kid-filled family vacation to Carlsbad, California (near San Diego), this summer, our group of 10 spent a day at LEGOLAND California. Since we were evenly split between kids and adults (and ranged from toddler to grandparents), I spent a fair amount of time thinking about ways to simplify logistics while keeping everyone in good spirits. And a theme that kept emerging was in-park hotels....read more»

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