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So, is your hotel blocking your access to a WiFi hotspot?

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The devaluation of Delta's SkyMiles program continues.

Yesterday, it was the company's plan to discontinue its round-the-world awards. Today, it's the announcement that it will eliminate domestic upgrades for elite SkyMiles members on its cheapest fares. ... read more»

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What is it: The QuikStand Mobile Device Stand, a credit card sized device that holds up your smartphone or tablet in portrait or landscape for hands-free use.

Price and Where to Buy: $9.99 at Nite Ize's website

Pros: The QuikStand is super small and portable, unlike many bulky tablet/smartphone stands. Use it to watch movies on a long plane ride or while reading your book in bed. You can adjust the angle of the stand for the perfect view of your device.

Cons: It takes a minute to figure out how to use the device (the illustrations on the package were slightly unclear to us) but once you work it out, it's very easy to use. ... read more»

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American, once the self-described "something special in the air," is teaming up with something special on the ground, Cadillac, Chevrolet's top-of-the-line brand.

According to American's news release, "American Airlines and Cadillac have formed a partnership to offer a broad series of exclusive benefits to travelers, ranging from luxury, on-site airport transfers, to AAdvantage miles earning opportunities, to Cadillac exhibits at major airports." ... read more»

Mighty Travels says American has the most generous frequent-flyer program among the three giant lines and Delta has the worst. IdeaWorks says Southwest and JetBlue are best among lines in the United States, followed by United, Alaska, American, and Delta. Some insiders like Alaska's program because it has good award deals on partner lines. Consumer Reports found Spirit was pretty bad, but didn't find any clear winners. Given the range of opinion, what should an occasional traveler do? Here are some considerations.

Location Rules: No matter what the relative merits of individual airline programs, your choice may well be dictated by where you live and where you usually travel. You have to go with that, no matter what. ... read more»

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Diners Club, the original Travel and Entertainment" (T-and-E) card, is reopening in the United States. That's the biggest news in the always-turbulent credit card world. For some reason, the pioneering card has been dormant in the U.S. for several years, servicing prior holders but not adding new ones. Now, it is again accepting applications, and it offers four key advantages over most other cards: ... read more»

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On January 1, 2015, Delta's SkyMiles program will make a wholesale transition, from a mileage-based to a revenue-based program. That was announced in February.

What will also change on January 1, 2015 -- but has yet to be announced by Delta -- is the program's new policy on round-the-world awards. In short, they are being phased out.

According to the airline's website: "Round-the-World Award Tickets will not be issued on or after January 1, 2015." ... read more»

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Why the U.S. is increasing airport-screening standards for the deadly virus—and what it may mean for your next flight. ... read more»

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