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Simplify holiday shopping with 1 gift for 7 people

Erica Sandberg

Checkout lines are snaking around inside stores, and free shipping is evaporating. As holiday shopping panic sets in, you may end up overspending to the point of racking up unintended debt — and still not get the right things. There…
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Six tips for budget travel

Jenny Hoff

Having lived on three continents and growing up in a family that owns a travel business, I have had many years to perfect the art of traveling on a budget. I’ve managed to visit 50 countries and counting, all for…
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Swordmaker accused of taking too many reward points

Jay MacDonald

Comes now one Robert Chat, a 38-year-old maker of swords from (wait for it) Florida, whom Choice Hotels International claims weaseled them out of $48,500 in gift cards from their Choice Privileges rewards program by not staying in its Clarions, Comfort Inns and Econo Lodges.
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In a crunch or after a crash, air miles might get you bumped

Kristie Aronow

While you’ve been racking up reward points to get to Cancun, there is something the airlines aren’t telling you: Paying with points instead of cash or credit might bump you from a flight if there’s an incident at the airport.
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Confessions of a first-time credit card rewards redeemer

Julie Sherrier

Due to the nature of my job as editor of hundreds of articles on how to maximize credit card rewards programs, you’d think I’d become adept at playing the frequent flier miles/points credit card game. Not.
In fact, after almost a decade of accumulating miles/points here and there on one frequent flier program (American Airlines AAdvantage) and on a newly acquired Capital One Venture card, I have never redeemed them for a “free” flight. I always saved them, thinking that someday I would really, really need to use them for emergency airfare.
That emergency happened last week.
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