Survey: Odds improve for frequent-flier seats

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    Travelers planning to redeem airline reward miles when booking summer vacations might find it a bit easier to do this year, a study of 24 frequent-flier programs suggests.
    Availability of rewards seats increased slightly overall, with 68.6 percent of queries resulting in available seats, according to a survey by consulting firm IdeaWorks. That's up from 66.1 percent last year.

    Southwest Airlines came out on top for U.S. carriers, second overall, with award seats available for 99.3 percent of queries made.
    US Airways, which has its biggest hub at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport, and Delta rounded out the bottom of the list. They held a 25.7 percent and 27.1 percent success rate, respectively. Both airlines improved since last year's study, however, with success of finding availability of award seats on those airlines more than doubling.

    The study ranked airlines based on the availability of standard award seats in 20 of each airline's busiest markets. IdeaWorks made 6,720 queries on airline websites during March and early April of this year, asking for two award tickets at standard levels for travel dates spanning June through October.

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