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7 top places frequent-flier miles take you

Bankrate

If you could use your frequent flier miles to fly somewhere for free, where would you go? Here are the seven places that U.S. frequent fliers plan to visit using their miles, based on a MileCards.com survey in December 2013 of 1,600 U.S. members of frequent flier programs.

Flying With Babies

Debra Karplus

According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the safest way for an infant, a child zero to two years old referred to as a "lap child" by the airline industry, to fly is to be positioned in a regular seat using a government-approved child restraint system (CRS). A vacation with baby is likely to be fun, and if you research airline policies and prices before you click "check-out" online, your in-flight experience can be pleasant, too.

How major airlines compare on fees, perks

Bankrate

Maybe you want to deplane quickly on your next flight. Or check your one piece of luggage for free. Or get a roomy row where your knees don't hit the seat in front of you. With airlines charging for these services individually, finding the best deal on a flight can prove complicated. Bankrate.com has combed the websites of some of the major U.S. airlines to help you compare prices on fees and find all the available discounts.

What you love and hate as a frequent flier

Bankrate

Who doesn't love the idea of something for nothing? That's the concept that frequent flier rewards programs sell to get fliers signed up. But everything doesn't fly over the moon when dealing with the details of a miles program. Here are the four aspects of rewards programs that grate or ingratiate you based on a MileCards.com survey in December 2013 of 1,600 members of frequent flier programs.

Best and Worst Frequent Flier Programs

Bankrate

The idea of getting free flights to anywhere in the world is enough to persuade consumers to sign up for airline miles. But not all frequent flier programs are created equal, and in some cases, consumers come to think of them as worthless rather than a gratis giveaway. Here are the seven best and worst parts of the nation's five largest airline miles programs, based on a MileCards.com survey.

Comparing Last Minute Airfare Sites

Joe Raspolich

One of the most important elements of successfully planning a trip to a faraway place is booking an affordable flight with a quality airline. Luckily, in the internet age, the process of finding and booking a flight that suits you has been made easy by the scores of airfare sites on the net. There are several things you should think about when looking at an airfare website before you use it. Here are the best airfare sites that the internet has to offer.

When to Pay a Checked-Bag Fee

Bankrate

You're preparing to fly across the country while returning home from a vacation. During your trip, you picked up some goods -- such as a sleeping bag and a pillow -- that total about $35. But checking a bag at the airport costs $25. The night before your flight, you face a conundrum: Should you keep your goods and pay to check in a bag at the airport? Here are a few questions to ask yourself that will help you make the best decision. They can reveal whether you really are saving money in the long run.

Airline Miles Becoming Harder to Use

TDS Guest Blogger

Cashing in those airline miles for a free ticket is not as easy as it used to be. Airline mergers have cut the available flights, leading to more crowded flights with fewer available seats for frequent fliers. Yet, consumers continue to sign up for airline reward credit cards and collect miles because free flights are a good deal if you can get them. Whether you have a generic travel reward card or an airline sponsored credit card, here are some tips in using your miles in the most efficient way.

7 Travel Secrets of Experienced Fliers

Bankrate

When it comes to making a trip go more smoothly, experienced fliers have their own travel secrets -- from squeezing the most out of those affinity cards to packing bags to dealing with lost luggage. Whether you're jetting across the pond to Europe, taking a short hop to your vacation destination or logging air miles for business, here are seven tips that could save you some time, money and hassle the next time you fly.

How to Cut Costs at the Airport

Bankrate

It is spring break season, and most people have made their travel plans and booked their flights. But there are still ways to cut airport costs. By trimming these costs, you will have more cash to afford that small splurge or big activity that will make your spring break trip memorable. Here are some ways to save.

How to Choose a Discount Airline

Lee Doppelt

These air carriers can keep their costs down and are therefore able to pass that savings along to their passengers, frugal people like you. You are likely pondering why all airlines cannot provide these kinds of low prices to their customers. Here are a few things to consider while choosing a discount airline.

12 Ways to Land Cheaper Airfare

Amanda Geronikos

Ways to avoid higher airfares. Airfares are taking off. According to Travelocity, the average round-trip domestic airfare this Thanksgiving is $386, up 9 percent from last year. But if you've got the will, there's always a way to land an airfare bargain.

Cures for Air Travel's 7 Biggest Headaches

Bankrate

Packed planes, endless security lines, baggage fees: There's no question that air travel today seems much more unpleasant than it used to be. So get on board as we examine the most frequent problems for fliers -- and provide some tips on the best ways to handle them.

Finding Cheap Airfares

Lee Doppelt

In the past few years, the increasing costs of airport security and rising fuel costs have made air travel ridiculously expensive. But there are some legitimate and sensible ways to make air travel more reasonable for you and your family.

11 Travel Tips to Snag a Free Airline Flight

Bankrate

If you've ever heard an airline representative ask for volunteers to be bumped from an overbooked flight, you may have cringed and hoped you wouldn't be forced to give up your seat. Getting bumped by an airline can ruin a trip, but if you're flexible, it can mean a free flight.

Is Buying Airline Miles Really Worth the Cost for Holiday Travel?

TDS Guest Blogger

Almost anyone who travels or owns an airline credit card can expect to receive regular offers to purchase additional miles on their card. With constantly changing travel prices, it's easy to wonder, but difficult to truly know, if it's actually a good deal to buy additional airline miles to get you those rewards that you'd really like.

5 Cheap Ways to Fly First Class

Bankrate

It's still possible to get something for nothing -- free or cheap upgrades to business or first class. If you follow the travel experts' advice, you may get better service and more leg room. As it turns out, it's possible to fly frugal and first class.

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