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Managing your loyalty programs

After years of letting travelers accrue rewards-program miles while
placing restrictions on how to spend them, airlines are finally
devising creative new ways to help you use them for tickets. In an
industry first, Alaska Airlines began allowing travelers to use miles
for one-way rewards in 2007; American followed in 2009, with more
airlines expected to join them. Delta now allows its SkyMiles members
to use miles to pay for the total ticket price or just part of a fare
(10,000 miles = $100). Similarly, Qantas lets travelers chip in with
cash if they don’t have quite enough miles to buy an entire flight.

T+L Tip: Cash
in for a ticket. You’ll be less likely to be held hostage to blackout
dates, award-availability restrictions, or double payments for busy


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