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Midwest frequent flyers can take along a friend or family member for just 15,000 more miles, a 5,000-mile discount on the normal price for companion more»

<p>For Crystal Swink, <a href="" target="_blank">Molokai</a> is an ideal destination at the end of summer (or anytime of year). "Most of the island is still virgin, unpopulated, beautifully desolate land," she says, and this "offers privacy, seclusion, and a genuine Hawaiian atmosphere." With its limited development, Molokai's hotel choices are slim, so Swink suggests booking a vacation rental. Good sources for such rentals include <a href="" target="_blank">VRBO</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">HomeAway</a>.</p><p>(Photo: Crystal Swink)</p>

United is starting the new year with an award sale that dovetails nicely with travelers' natural inclination to seek sun during the chilly winter months. Aloha, Hawaii! more»

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Through February 4, members of Delta's program can earn triple frequent flyer miles for cruises, up to a maximum of 30,000 miles for a balcony stateroom or higher category more»

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The days of earning miles for grocery shopping are numbered. On February 28, Safeway will stop awarding miles in four airline more»

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American's 500-mile bonus for booking hotels on its website is nice. But better bonuses may be available more»

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The airlines' miles-for-dining programs are among the quickest and easiest ways to earn a free ticket. And you gotta eat, right? more»

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Can the DOT's new online complaint form harness the power of information to make changes for the better? Yes, but only if enough travelers use it to express their more»

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For travelers who want to support relief efforts in the wake of Haiti's devastating earthquake, there are a range of options, including donations of time, money, miles, and more»

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Loyalty programs reward the wealthy and penalize the poor. Which poses a dilemma for consumers: forgo their miles, or perpetuate more»

Travelers packing up convertible

InterContinental is the latest major hotel chain to announce a new promotion, pushing the ongoing bonus frenzy well into the new more»