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Frequent-flier perks no longer limited to flights

Travelers cash in for concerts, electronics, celeb meets

4:14 PM, Jun. 24, 2013
Airlines are offering frequent fliers alternatives to free flights in exchange for miles.
Airlines are offering frequent fliers alternatives to free flights in exchange for miles.
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You've racked up plenty of frequent-flier miles, and now you're ready to cash them in.

But instead of a free flight, how about using them to snag a free iPad, or tickets to the Daytime Emmy Awards, or even a chance to meet Rod Stewart?

It's been 32 years since American Airlines launched the world's first frequent-flier loyalty program, and with the programs now ubiquitous throughout the industry, tens of millions of travelers have the formula down cold: Earn miles or points on every trip, and when you have enough built up, redeem them for a free flight. ...

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