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Fliers, sound familiar? New Amtrak loyalty program will give you points based on how much you spend

Like some airlines, Amtrak is changing its customer loyalty program to award points based on the money you spend, not on how far you’re traveling..

An announcement from the rail agency last week says new rules for the Amtrak Guest Rewards  begin Jan. 24.

Amtrak's frequent riders can earn 2 points per dollar spent, with upper-tier members earning 2.5 points to 4 points per dollar.

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Why the best time to get a passport is right now

If you need a passport for an upcoming trip, don't put it off. September, October and November are quieter months when your new or renewed passport will be processed more quickly than any other time of the year.

The U.S. Department of State on Tuesday said it expects demand to increase starting in January.

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A new app -- the Uber of airport food -- connects you to carry-aboard meals you might actually like

Don't want to wait in line at airport restaurants to order your next carry-on meal? Enter AirGrub, a new mobile app that allows you to order, pay and pick up your food before you board.

AirGrub, a Silicon Valley company, already has a presence at airports in San Francisco, Boston and New York City.

And AirGrub may be heading to Los Angeles International Airport.

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One-stop shopping: Get your taxes done and apply for TSA's fast-pass through airport security

Travelers will be able to do something else when they get their taxes done at H&R Block: apply for the Transportation Security Administration's fast-pass security screening program.

Fliers will be able to apply for the TSA's PreCheck at more than 400 H&R Block offices in 27 states, including California, Washington and Oregon.

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Can you picture this? See Cuba with a professional photographer

Travel photographer Michele Burgess is leading a tour to Cuba next spring with plenty of photo ops.

The itinerary includes Havana, Pinar del Río, known for its tobacco production, and the towns of Trinidad and Cienfuegos, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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The four ickiest things you never want to touch on a plane

I'm no germophobe, but I was surprised to learn the dirtiest place on an airplane wasn't the bathroom. Travelers, it's that tray table right in front of you that apparently carries more living bacteria per square inch than any other public part of the plane.

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