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Spending: Tips for travelers

Our annual Best List includes advice for airline travelers, plus how to get a good price on a hotel room and on luggage that won't let you down.


-- For on-time arrival. You'll maximize vacation time by taking Alaska Airlines: In 2016, more than 89 percent of its flights landed on schedule.

-- For baggage handling. You can breathe a little easier when you check a bag with Virgin America. The airline lost only 1.21 bags per 1,000 passengers in 2016.


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