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Flickr/Christian Newton

Running it late for your flight and cutting it close? Chances are, we’ve all been there. Here’s what to do and how to get through security more quickly.

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Christine Wei

Jet lag can put a serious crimp in your longhaul travels, making you feel exhausted, scatter-brained, or even physically ill. The good news is that there are a few things you can do to alleviate the symptoms and in some cases avoid jet lag altogether. Here are a few classic strategies — and a few alternative methods, just to be safe.

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All Nippon Airways

Look, up in the air! It’s a Hello Kitty, R2D2 and…a flying salmon? Airline liveries are usually pretty ho-hum, but some companies know how to put the fun back in flying with colorful characters and eye-catching exterior paint schemes. Here are a few of our favorites.

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Virgin Atlantic Airways

It took a while for Virgin Atlantic Airways to open their sleek Clubhouse at Los Angeles International Airport’s Terminal 2. Despite flying daily routes to Heathrow from LAX for 25 years, real estate in the terminal was limited, as Virgin Atlantic’s Reuben Arnold explains. But once Air France moved out of its 4,000-square-foot space, Virgin took the roomy area down to the studs and started all over again.

What has risen is the carrier’s tenth Clubhouse, the place where the line’s Upper Class ticketholders and Gold Card customers can freshen up — and of course get online — before their flights. Diamond, platinum, and gold members of new partner Delta Airlines (who are flying on a Virgin-operated flight) also have complimentary access. There’s a lot to love about this cool new Clubhouse; here are just six highlights.

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For today only, on May 7, KLM is having a flash fare to Abu Dhabi. The special offer is available from New York and Houston with fares starting as low as $799 for a round-trip economy class ticket — that’s up to 40 perfect off the airlines standard full fares.

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For those of us who travel often, keeping our toiletry and beauty essentials within TSA limits just got easier. Thanks to the brave new world of beauty, some of our traditional mainstays now come in solid form. (This means a lighter bag, too, if you’re backpacking anywhere this summer.) These are our favorite non-liquid beauty products:

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Deal Alert: All-Business Class Airline Offers Summer Fares to Paris or London from $2,990

La Compagnie

Are you basking in the euphoria of the weak Euro? If you haven’t already jumped on plans to go to Europe in the coming months, maybe the Summer Duo fares promotion from La Compagnie, an all-business class airline, will give you that little nudge.

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Ethiopian Airlines - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ADD)

Airfare isn’t cheap and time is precious. So it behooves all of us to make the most of every flight we book. Taking advantage of stopovers and open-jaw ticketing is a great way to squeeze more out of each departure, even if you only have an extra day or two to spare. We already told you about airlines offering free international stopovers, but there are a couple of additional tactics you might want to try. You can use them to secure round-trip pricing (which almost always costs less than purchasing one-way tickets) while fitting an additional city into your flight itinerary, or even plan a whole separate trip between departure and return flights. Below, we’ll take a closer look at how to do it.

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We all want to travel smart and healthy — but that’s often easier said than done. Long layovers at the airport, tight connections, and tired caffeine and carb crashes can lead to making bad choices. The best tool for making the right decisions is being prepared — and knowing what is actually good for us rather than what pretends to be. Here’s how to do it.

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Most fliers pay for coach seats (read: least expensive option) on airlines and use the rest of their travel budget towards a hip hotel or a nice meal out. But what if you paid just a little bit more – to settle into a plush seat in premium business class? That’s the idea of a flash sale hosted by TAM Airlines and happening right now. Book fares through midnight on April 6 — from New York City, Orlando, and Miami, to Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo in Brazil — and nab huge savings.

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Christine Wei

These days, many of us are traveling longer distances more often — and as much as we may be getting used to the airport nuances, the flight experience is no less draining. But no one wants to start a trip feeling battered and tired with cricks everywhere. Here are the eight rules to follow that will help you emerge from a long-haul flight refreshed and ready to explore.

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Looking to book your next European adventure right now? SWISS airlines’ current sale includes nonstop flights to Zurich and Geneva for as low as $837, round-trip. We love these fares, especially because they cost about $660 less than what we’re seeing for summer flights.

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FinAir

It doesn’t matter whether you’ve been waylaid by a winter storm, volcanic ash, or some other major event — being stranded at the airport is no fun. Make the best of a bad situation with these five tips.  Read more

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Laura Motta

Craving a tropical getaway? If you can travel to Hawaii between now and March 18, the savings on airfare are huge if you book through Delta Airlines.

Hawaii’s islands are extending a little bit of “mahalo” (Hawaiian for gratitude) by partnering with Delta on rock-bottom fares. The sale — for flights between Hawaii and the 48 contiguous United States — runs through February 16 and travel must commence no earlier than February 17.

Just how big is this sale? Round-trip flights start at $434.

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With summer heating up much of South America right now, it’s a good time to spring for a ticket to that continent. Luckily, both LAN and TAM just announced a major sale on roundtrip Premium Business Class fares. They’re dropping fares by up to 44 percent, as low as $699 roundtrip. (That’s for flights between Miami and Bogotá, Colombia; fly instead to Punta Cana, the airlines’ lone Caribbean destination, and it’s just $176.)

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