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High-tech Air Travel and Credit Card Perks

Seattle’s Alaska Airlines now provides in-flight technology for their Wi-Fi customers on almost all flights within the lower 48 states and specific areas of Alaska. "We're pleased to be able to offer in-flight Wi-Fi service to our customers flying throughout our U.S. mainland and Alaska route network," said Joe Sprague, the airline's vice president of marketing. "For our business travelers, especially, the ability to access e-mail and the Internet is a great benefit."

Alaska Airlines passengers with Wi-Fi equipped laptop or personal devices can browse the Web, play games, listen to Internet music streams, podcasts and webcasts; send and receive e-mail and connect to virtual private networks while flying. The easy to use Gogo Wi-Fi service provided by Aircell is available above 10,000 feet; fees start at $4.95 for 90 minutes and increase from there based on the length of your flight and the type of device used. Also available are 24-hour passes and monthly subscriptions. Aircraft equipped with in-flight Internet service have a Wi-Fi decal outside the aircraft's boarding door and information in seatback pockets.

Mileage PlusReward Program
One of the most high-tech airlines also offers one of the best rewards that blend frequent-flier programs of the carriers that merged to create the world’s largest airline – United Continental Holdings Inc. Earn up to 40,000 bonus miles and first year free ($95 value), priority boarding, first check bag is free and enjoy United Club Passes twice a year. The highest-level members of the Mileage Plus program will receive confirmed upgrades to business class sooner and more bonus miles when they purchase first-class or full-fare business or coach tickets starting in 2012, the Chicago-based company said today in a statement.

Another great card that offers the benefits of the Mile Plus Reward program is the United Mileage Plus Explorer card. Earn 2 miles per $1 on United or Continental tickets and 1 miler for everything else – redeem for any seat, any time on any United Airlines flight. There are no restrictions or blackout dates. Your miles don't expire as long as you remain a card member and no limit on how many miles you can earn.

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