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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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Want an upgrade to first class? Of course you do!

How badly do you want it? More to the point, how much are you willing to pay for it?

Effective immediately, would-be upgraders can reality-test their aspirations by bidding for upgrades on American flights. For now, the bidding is offered only in "a limited set of markets," but it's likely to be expanded systemwide once the system and procedures have proven themselves. (The Plusgrade upgrade-bidding software American has adopted is already in use by a number of other airlines, including Air New Zealand, Austrian Airlines, and Virgin Atlantic.)

Upgrades are available for bids six days prior to a flight's departure. For eligible flights, passengers enter their bids and payment information on the airline's dedicated bidding webpage. Successful bidders will be notified by email at least 24 hours before the flight....read more»

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Hard on the heels of the FCC's announcement that it would consider allowing the use of cell phones in flight, the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) has voiced its collective opinion on the matter: a resounding "No."

According to the AFA's statement:

AFA opposes any changes that would allow in-flight voice calls. Flight Attendants, as first responders and the last line of defense in our nation's aviation system, understand the importance of maintaining a calm cabin environment. Any situation that is loud, divisive, and possibly disruptive is not only unwelcome but also unsafe. Many polls and surveys conducted over the years find that a vast majority of the traveling public wants to keep the ban on voice calls in the aircraft cabin. In far too many operational scenarios, passengers making phone calls could extend beyond a mere nuisance, creating negative effects on aviation safety and security that are great and far too risky....read more»

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Head down the rabbit hole of cheesy acting, made-up problems, wildly unsubstantiated promises, and bizarre devices you didn't even know you needed. These travel-related infomercials are the funniest thing you'll see all day!...read more»

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What Is it: Max Mirani Move Mobile Closet, a carry-on suitcase....read more»

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JetBlue this week became the ninth airline to participate in the TSA's PreCheck program, joining Alaska, American, Delta, Hawaiian, Southwest, United, US Airways, and Virgin America.

PreCheck passengers are entitled to use a special security-clearance lane, with less intrusive screening: Shoes, belts, and light outerwear may be left on, and laptops and 3-1-1 compliant liquids may be left in carry-on bags. The service is currently offered at around 100 U.S. airports....read more»

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Just in time for the Thanksgiving travel crush, Southwest this week snagged bragging rights as the first U.S. carrier to offer its passengers gate-to-gate WiFi access.

Effective immediately, Southwest flyers can use their personal electronic devices in airplane mode from gate to gate on all Southwest flights. There's no charge to connect to the airline's Inflight Entertainment Portal for access to Dish television programming, a flight tracker, shopping, and games. Movies are offered for $5 per movie, per device. And Internet access is available for $8 per day, per device. Some high-bandwidth applications like Netflix and VoIP are blocked....read more»

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The unholy teaming of Cyber Monday and Black Friday has been dubbed "Cyber Week" by many media outlets. No matter what you want to call it, know that this period of time—Friday, November 29 through Monday, December 2—is a cornucopia of all kinds of cut-rate offers. And the travel industry is no exception. We scoured the Earth (actually, we just looked on the Internet) to bring you the best travel deals available. Here are some of the most mouthwatering hotel, resort, and rail bargains available during the upcoming post-Turkey Day period of shopping insanity....read more»

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Behold the Verruckt, the soon-to-be tallest, fastest, and steepest waterslide on the planet.

It's not open yet, but come Memorial Day weekend 2014, brave humans can conquer the Verruckt—which means "insane" in German—at Schlitterbahn park in Kansas City, Kansas.

In a statement to the press, Schlitterbahn co-owner Jeff Henry said, "This new MEG-A-BLASTER speed-slide is going to wow our guests and is going to be a game changer for our industry. Our greatest challenge will be to find thrill seekers brave enough to ride....read more»

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Add Canada's WestJet to the growing list of low-fare airlines heading from North America to Europe next summer.

Daily flights will operate Toronto-St. John's (Newfoundland)-Dublin from June 15 through October 5. WestJet is featuring through fares from other Canadian cities with connecting schedules at Toronto and St. John's, and it highlights the extensive available onward European flights on Ryanair. It will use 737-700s with its regular configuration of tight regular economy and "plus" seats with a few extra inches of legroom and improved cabin service....read more»

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