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Should you play the loyalty game? – Sponsored by TripInsurance.com

This is the time of year for the legendary "mileage runs" -- the fabled flights to nowhere that elite-level frequent fliers take in order to retain their status. But in my latest National Geographic Traveler column, I wonder if the game is worth playing at all.

Smoked out of my suite on the Carnival Miracle

Andrew Besterman's eight-day cruise to the Bahamas on the Carnival Miracle was something short of divine. For the duration of the journey, he was annoyed by the odor of cigarette smoke which seeped into his mini-suite from the cabin next door.

TSA Watch special report: A Christmas card from Al-Qaeda

Maybe it was the frosting, which a TSA agent tsk-tsked for being "too gel-like." Or maybe it was the sinister name of the company that baked it -- Wicked Good Cupcakes -- that made the federal agency charged with protecting America's transportation systems suspect the cupcake contained more than chocolatey holiday cheer.

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Maybe I won’t be home for Christmas

Michael Burz books two tickets with CheapOair -- tickets that it confirms repeatedly. Now the online agency says he has no tickets, and wants him to buy new ones. Is that his only option?

Do you still have receipts for that TSA-approved lock?

Like many air travelers who are wary of having their luggage pilfered, Bobby Caldwell took every step he could to protect his property on a recent flight from Albuquerque, N.M., to Chicago. He packed his belonging in sturdy suitcases and secured them with TSA-approved locks.
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