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April 21, 2002
I enjoyed Lori Mayfield's account of buying under duress 16,000 American Airlines miles (and 160 boxes of cereal) for $640 ("A Passage to India Paved With Bran Flakes and Mueslix," Traveler's Journal, March 31). Though I have not been in her position, I'm an obsessive miles hoarder. Through various promotional and customer loyalty-building programs, companies offer countless ways to earn frequent-flier miles. Spend a buck and get back 2 cents', 10 cents', even a dollar's worth of miles.
October 5, 2011 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
What is it about Oct. 5? A year ago on that date, the Lake Tahoe region received an early 4-5 inches of snow. A similar early snow on that same date this year (Wednesday) has triggered hopes of another record-setting La Niña. A recent National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration study  found signs of the extreme weather pattern again this year. NOAA will release its official winter outlook later this month . . . . What will the financial turmoil at AMR Corp. - parent company of American Airlines - mean to those with frequent flier miles?
September 27, 2013 | By David Wharton
Now that Alex Ovechkin has been named the first official torch bearer for the 2014 Sochi Olympics, he can look forward to a whirlwind trip. And a lot of frequent-flier miles. The Washington Capitals captain was selected by Russian officials to take part in a ceremony lighting the flame at the Temple of Hera in Greece on Sunday. "I'm extremely humbled and honored to be the first Russian to carry the Olympic torch," he told reporters. "This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and something I will never forget.
April 2, 2006
Your frequent-flier miles can be worth from a tenth of a cent apiece to 5 to 10 cents. To get the most for your miles, you must determine the true value of the award item, then divide that price by the number of miles. Here are some approximate valuations. Remember that fares are always changing and that merchandise prices vary among stores and websites. *--* Ticket/merchandise Price Miles cost Value per mile L.A. to N.Y. restricted round-trip $250 25,000 0.010 coach L.A. to N.Y.
August 25, 2009 | Mike Penner
Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco uses boxing as an off-season training method and, Chad being Chad, he's duly impressed with the results. "So when I get in the ring and knock out [Andre] Berto, and people are like, 'I didn't know Chad could fight,' I just told you," he told the Sporting News. Berto, WBC welterweight champion, didn't take long to fire back via "Chad Johnson, Ochocinco, or whatever his name is, the two of us have been going back and forth for a while behind the scenes," Berto said.
After six years working for one company, I had accumulated quite a nest egg. It was worth as much as $25,000 by one measure, as little as $5,300 by another. The nest egg was not my retirement savings but the 380,000 United Airlines Mileage Plus frequent-flier miles I had collected from business and personal travel. The difference in value goes directly to the question you need to ask yourself before you spend your precious miles.
Airlines may become more cautious about changing frequent-flier programs after Wednesday's Supreme Court decision that gives travelers who feel awards have been unfairly restricted a greater opportunity to sue. But thrifty air passengers who have been saving up their frequent-flier miles should not expect the high court's ruling to increase the value of their miles for years--if ever.
July 6, 2013 | By Maeve Reston, Harriet Ryan and Rong-Gong Lin II
SAN FRANCISCO -- Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's chief operating officer, had been scheduled to be on the Asiana Airlines plane that crashed at San Francisco International Airport but switched flights at the last moment. Sandberg said on her Facebook page that she was originally scheduled to fly on Asiana Airlines from Seoul to San Francisco, but decided to change flights to United Airlines so she could use frequent-flier miles for the tickets for her family, who were accompanying her. “Taking a minute to be thankful,” Sandberg wrote.
March 3, 2013 | By Brian Kelly
You keep hearing about people who take these fabulous trips (see story) and they don't pay a penny - or very many pennies. You have miles, but you don't seem to be getting much, well, mileage out of them. For the last seven years, my life has been all about points. I quit my recruiting job on Wall Street, for which I traveled more than 150,000 miles a year (and collected numerous corporate credit card points), and founded , a website that's all about maximizing frequent-flier miles and credit card points.
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