Dear Travel Diva: If I donate frequent flier miles to a charity, can I take a tax deduction?-- Ivana B. Rich
Dear Ivana: No. The IRS doesn't consider frequent flier miles as having a cash value and doesn't tax them. The flip side is that when you donate miles, you can't deduct them. So donate out of the goodness of your heart, not in expectation of reward.
Dear Travel Diva: If I have to get one of those full-body scanner once-overs at airport security, will it show my silicone bra inserts?-- Private Life
Dear Private: Yes. In addition to showing a naked image of a person, it also shows solid objects such as breast implants, piercings and prosthetics. Sacrificing the last vestiges of personal privacy may be the price of flying.
Dear Travel Diva: I am in the early phases of trying to put a trip together to Ireland. Part of the problem is we will be a group of about 20, some of whom are interested in golfing while others are interested in shopping, pub hopping and sightseeing around the country. Can you help me organize this trip?-- Erin Gobraugh
Dear Erin: The best thing might be to base yourself in a rental property (one source is www.imagineireland.com), then let everyone roam on his or her own while you sit by the fireside with a Guinness. If you require a more structured trip for 20, consult a travel agent or book with a tour company. You will go crazy trying to plan a trip for a group of people all headed in different directions down those wild Irish roads.