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Thursday, September 25, 2008
2008 Extra Mile Award
HOW-TO HANDBOOK
We're thrilled to present this year's eight winners, whose innovations have made travel easier or more affordable at a trying time. Kudos to Southwest for holding firm against add-on fees and Hotels.com for launching an easy reward program that actually pays off. read more
Autumn woods
CALLING ALL READERS
E-mail your fall foliage shots to BTPhotos@BudgetTravel.com for a chance to be included in a special slide show of readers' most colorful photos. Our earlier reader slide shows covered beautiful sunsets and fireworks.

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This Just In
FROM OUR BLOG: THIS JUST IN
The collapse of Italian national airline Alitalia seems unavoidable in the next several days. We've received many e-mails and comments from readers requesting advice on what to do. Here are the key steps to follow if you're ticketed on any defunct airline. read post
Cacao beans
FOOD FETISH
Mayan kings once traded cacao seeds as currency and drank them in a spicy, sacred beverage. Now, farmers are cashing in, thanks to the world's growing appetite for specialty chocolate. Get the details and check out our slide show. read more
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Sydney, Australia
THE REAL DEALS
Airfare, sightseeing tours, and seven nights split between stylish, laid-back Sydney and melting-pot Melbourne from $1,879 during spring and early summer down under. Plus, book any Intrepid Travel Australia package and get a $125 prepaid Visa card.
why it's a deal
The Rose Garden, Florence, Italy TourCrafters' affordable airfare/four-night packages start at $569 for Florence, known for hearty Tuscan dishes and almost overwhelming art collections. Comparable packages are also available for feasting in cities like Venice, Paris, Barcelona, or Vienna.
why they're a deal
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