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Sorry, frequent fliers: Airlines that once expressed their appreciation for you with free upgrades and miles to spend on freebie flights have turned tepid on the relationship. Frequency, in fact, may be out of style, as airlines shift their devotion to cold, hard, calculable dollars.
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United Airlines no longer grants miles on its Star Alliance partner flights unless fliers buy those code-share flights through United itself; even then the airline often awards only partial credit. In 2015, Delta Air Lines will begin rewarding travelers based on the amount of money they spend on their tickets, rather than the distance flown. American Airlines recently overhauled its AAdvantage program, reducing the number of free bags from two to one for lower-level elites, and increasing some mileage levels for free flights.
Partially filling the void of vanished perks are airline credit card programs, offering early boarding and free checked bags for annual fees (usually $50 to $80)--costs that can pay for themselves in bag fees alone on a round-trip flight. Kelly juggles more than 20 credit cards at any time and calculates their benefits on a cost-reward basis on ThePointsGuy.com. For travel benefits apart from bag fees and early boarding, he recommends Chase Sapphire Preferred, which offers two points for every dollar spent on travel--including airfare, hotels, car rentals and parking and restaurants--and easy redemption with partners like United, at $95 per year.
Last month, WWE Hall of Famer Bret "Hitman" Hart announced he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer and promised to fight the disease with everything he's got. Today, former WWE announcer and fellow Hall of Famer, Jim Ross, announced Bret is indeed cancer free.
Hart also said it's been a difficult recovery, but saying that he thinks it's safe to say the cancer was contained within the prostate. "I should be cancer free hopefully for the rest of my life. It's just a matter of me slowly recovering and taking my time. I know a lot of fans out there have said a lot of prayers and stuff for me. I appreciate that. Right now it's in God's hands where I go from here."
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