Higher airfares are leading to higher redemptions of frequent-flier miles, even as airlines add fees and increase minimum mileage requirements for earning free tickets. While many travelers used to hoard their points for once-in-a-lifetime vacations, more routine trips are now being financed with frequent-flier currency. More and more passengers are "going to Boise, Decatur and Bakersfield," says Randy Petersen, publisher of InsideFlyer. "They're spending miles on family emergencies or visiting grandma."
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