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APRIL 3 , 2000 VOL. 155 NO. 13

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How You Can Get Those Airline Upgrades
It turns out that getting bumped up isn't a byzantine process. Nor is it a popularity contest

At an altitude of 4,000 m and a visa fee of $700, the ancient Himalayan kingdom of Mustang is a doubly steep proposition

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