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Welcome to Smarter Travel's Pick of the Day, a new feature in which we highlight must-have travel products that we have evaluated and found worthy. We'll tell you the important details and leave the buying decision up to you. Sometimes, the products will be furnished to us free of charge, but advertisers can't pay to have their item included, so you can always trust our unbiased opinion.

What Is It: An app for using the New York City subway system. ... read more»

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Welcome to Smarter Travel's Pick of the Day, a new feature in which we highlight must-have travel products that we have evaluated and found worthy. We'll tell you the important details and leave the buying decision up to you. Sometimes, the products will be furnished to us free of charge, but advertisers can't pay to have their item included, so you can always trust our unbiased opinion.

What Is It: A three-pack of travel-sized Tide laundry detergent. ... read more»

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Welcome to Smarter Travel's Pick of the Day, a new feature in which we highlight must-have travel products that we have evaluated and found worthy. We'll tell you the important details and leave the buying decision up to you. Sometimes, the products will be furnished to us free of charge, but advertisers can't pay to have their item included, so you can always trust our unbiased opinion.

What Is It: A poster featuring a map that lets you scratch off the individual countries you've visited. ... read more»

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Exciting things are afoot at America's national parks. Here's the scoop on brand new parks, an upcoming big birthday, and a new initiative that aims to get more kids enjoying nature.

New Parks

This week, the National Park Service inducted three new national parks into the system. Pullman National Monument is Chicago's first national park. The park preserves the historic district that was an industrial town for the Pullman Company in the 1880s. Honouliuli National Monument in Hawaii is the site of a World War II Japanese internment camp. And Browns Canyon National Monument in Colorado protects an area of outstanding natural beauty and world-class recreational activities. 

Every Kid in a Park

What a year to be a fourth grader. The new Every Kid in a Park initiative gives kids who will be in fourth grade during the 2014-2015 school year, plus their lucky families, free access to national parks and public lands. ... read more»

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Following is our regular summary of the latest travel news and 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.

Now on JetBlue: The Wall Street Journal

JetBlue passengers will now have unlimited complimentary access to the Journal's online content on their personal WiFi devices, via the airline's onboard Fly-Fi Hub.

Southwest Companion Pass After Three Flights

Through May 17, Rapid Rewards members with Atlanta mailing addresses can earn a Companion Pass after three roundtrip flights.

Delta CEO Plays the Terrorism Card ... read more»

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The dollar is once again king: Since the Great Recession, the Unites States' economy has recovered better than any other major country's: At the start of 2015, our currency was at an eleven-year high compared to those of other major countries, while the euro was at a nine-year low. Local currencies are down at least 10 percent against the January 2014 dollar in many popular travel destinations, including Mexico, Argentina, the euro zone, Sweden, Norway, and much of Africa. Parts of the world that not long ago were unaffordable for many are now within closer reach. Here are five places where the strong dollar will carry you surprisingly far in 2015.

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A simple-to-use travel scale with a lifetime warranty and a cheap price. ... read more»

Business-class seats to London are on sale, with fares starting at $1,007 round-trip. Prices are valid for travel in April, May, and June; during these months, nonstop economy flights from New York to London via other airlines cost around $900 to $1,200 round-trip, depending on carrier and travel dates. So you're paying coach rates for a product that promises lie-flat seats in two-by-two rows, lounge access, and use of preloaded Samsung Galaxy Pro tablets during flight.

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Baggage Claim Sign (Photo: Thinkstock/iStockphoto)

Now that there's a fee to check bags on most airlines, it seems fair to hold the airlines collecting those fees accountable for delivering those bags to their destination in a timely manner.

Alaska Airlines, for one, agrees, and has for some time offered its customers a choice of a $25 travel discount or 2,500 frequent-flyer miles if their checked bags do not arrive at the baggage-claim area within 20 minutes of the flight's arrival.

Today, Delta went public with a similar guarantee for travelers checking bags on its flights: 2,500 frequent-flyer miles if checked bags are not on the carousel in 20 minutes or less, for any domestic flight. ... read more»

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