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Delta's take on premium economy, Comfort+, is in store for a privacy upgrade: partitions separating the block of more spacious seats from the rest of the coach-class cabin.

According to Bloomberg, Delta will begin installing the cabin-defining panels on domestic aircraft, pending regulatory approval. The airline is also considering equipping its international fleet with the partitions, but hasn't yet decided whether to proceed.

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Yesterday, American finally confirmed what has been widely known for two weeks: AAdvantage will follow in the footsteps of Delta's SkyMiles and United's MileagePlus, converting from a mileage-based to a spend-based program.

Mileage Earning

The key change is to mileage earning, which will be based on spend rather than distance flown, beginning sometime in the second half of 2016. Earning rates on American flights will be as follows:

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Air travel and Thanksgiving. Three words that strike fear in the hearts of even the most intrepid flyers.

But the truth is that flying over the Thanksgiving holiday can be better or worse, depending on a number of variables. The day and time of travel, for example, can make all the difference. Flying on Thanksgiving day is almost always a refreshingly stress-free experience, a lull in the travel storm, as the day is devoted to dining and connecting with friends and family. It's not a day to be sitting on a plane, or in an airport.

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Among the larger hotel chains, Choice recently has been one of the most aggressive with its loyalty-program offers. The latest promotion is no exception.

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For much of this year, it's been an open secret that Starwood was up for sale. The initial speculation had InterContinental as the likely buyer. More recently, those rumors were displaced by more credible reports that Hyatt was poised to make an offer.

But this morning, when the sale was officially announced, it turned out to be Marriott that was in the buyer's seat.

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<p>The Belize Tourism Board website can be a great resource for trip planning, with a <a href="" target="_blank">forum</a> where visitors can ask questions, a place to submit <a href="" target="_blank">planning queries</a> directly to the Tourism Board, and links to current travel <a href="" target="_blank">sales and discounts</a>.</p>

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Enter the Belize Tourism Board's "Watch and Win" sweepstakes by November 29, 2015, for a chance to win one of the two grand prizes: each a trip for two to Belize, including air, five nights' hotel accommodations, and two adventure tours.

To enter, first follow the Belize Tourism Board on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook; then submit written copy, a photo, or a video, using hashtag #SmallCountrySunday, explaining "why you want to travel small this season."

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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.

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A loyalty program that only the certifiably loyal can join.

It's an intriguing idea that at least at first glance seems eminently logical.

Signing up travelers who aren't likely to be active just generates extra expense for the program operator. And it creates unrealistic expectations on the part of customers who will be disappointed in never deriving any significant benefit from their membership.

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Through July 31, 2016, members of Enterprise's Enterprise Plus program can earn bonus points for a number of qualifying activities:

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Even surrounded by the most courteous and considerate fellow travelers, flying ranks as one of life's high-stress experiences. Long lines. Crowded waiting areas. Full planes. Crusher airline seats. Cancelled or delayed flights. Harried customer-service workers. The very thought of an airline trip is enough to raise one's blood pressure.

Add to that toxic mix of irritants one or more passengers who can't be bothered to align their behavior with generally accepted norms and you have a recipe for air rage, your own or others'.

If asked, most flyers would probably swear that they were among the good guys, models of traveler decorum. But is that true, or are they—are we—guilty of at least some of the bad behavior that contributes to other travelers' discomfort?

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