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REAL ESTATE
June 8, 2003 | Michelle Hofmann, Special to The Times
Shopping for a mortgage? The Mortgage Bankers Assn. of America predicts that homeowners will finance or refinance $3 trillion in mortgages this year. After finding the best deal and signing the paperwork, however, some will have another decision to make: window seat or aisle? Increasing numbers of lenders and realty networks are joining with airlines to offer frequent-flier mile rewards to consumers who take advantage of financing options and real estate services.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 2002 | ZANTO PEABODY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Make-A-Wish Foundation faces the possibility that, for the first time in its 22-year history, it may have to deny a request from a terminally ill child, officials say. Dependent on 1 billion donated frequent flier miles annually to grant many of its dream dates, the foundation is suffering from a nationwide dearth in charity to and from airlines.
TRAVEL
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.
TRAVEL
September 16, 2001 | CHRISTOPHER REYNOLDS, TIMES TRAVEL WRITER
Eventually, I promise, the story of my tax holiday in San Luis Obispo County will come to include Chee-tos fields, an abalone appetizer, a guano abatement experiment and potential implications for your financial future. But the tale must begin several months ago, when my wife and I found ourselves ahead of schedule on a drive back to Los Angeles from Paso Robles.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 7, 2001 | MARK SWED, TIMES MUSIC CRITIC
The Los Angeles Opera may be boasting about the dawn of a new era--the first season planned by Placido Domingo having just opened Wednesday night with a new production of the company's first Russian opera, Tchaikovsky's "Queen of Spades"--but that doesn't mean that its three most important artists for the opening weeks are actually going to stick around through them.
TRAVEL
August 26, 2001
James Gilden's column regarding frequent-flier miles was excellent ("Playing the Awards Game for Rewarding R&R," Travel Insider, Aug. 12). However (there's always a however, isn't there?), on long trips involving a potential change in plans, I would not suggest using frequent-flier miles to upgrade to business or first class after purchasing the least expensive ticket. I would suggest, instead, using the miles for the entire business-or first-class ticket. Some airlines subject that upgraded ticket to the rules of the purchased ticket.
TRAVEL
August 5, 2001 | JAMES GILDEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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.
NEWS
January 15, 2001 | DAVID FERRELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They came here by the hundreds from Southern California on Sunday as they do for every Raiders home game, climbing onto airplanes early in the morning, playing out a bittersweet love affair that ended years ago for most other local pro football fans. They were people like Christopher Townsend, a 40-year-old public affairs executive from Dana Point who grabbed a 10 a.m.
TRAVEL
March 5, 2000 | CHRISTOPHER REYNOLDS, TIMES TRAVEL WRITER
It was a few minutes before 4 p.m. Feb. 10, and I had a flight to book. I called the United Airlines Mileage Plus program to check my mileage. No problem. Then the United operator forwarded me to the specialists who handle international bookings with mileage credits. Thus began a long, sad saga that may ring true for anybody who has tried to redeem miles and landed in phone limbo.
TRAVEL
August 15, 1999
"Use it or lose it" is getting to be an obsolete adage when it comes to frequent-flier miles, as big airlines liberalize expiration policies.
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