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(CNN) -- This month on Business Traveller we're taking another look at some of the stories and issues you wanted to see again.

Miles of miles

The frequent flyer scheme has become as much part of the business traveler's life as a mobile phone or a passport. Indeed, when they were launched twenty-five years ago, air miles promised to be the passport to riches for those flyers loyal - and busy enough - to earn them. Times have changed in the intervening quarter of a century. There are now over 100 different programs, with over 100 million of us enrolled in one offering or another.

And now there's a whole army of enthusiasts dedicated to picking through the small print and working out the routings to earn as many points as possible. Join Richard Quest as he enters the pre-dawn world of the mileage runner on assignment in Texas.

Partner schemes and tie-ins mean you can earn air miles on almost any purchase these days. Credit cards, car hire, hotel stays... shop wisely and you can earn more air miles on the ground than in the air!

But what happens if the accounts department has put your Amex in the cooler. Keeping expenses down is every traveler's challenge. Especially in Japan where you can't read the writing and the numbers seem frighteningly high . Richard was a man on a mission in Osaka - a mission to keep expenses below 22,000 yen a day.

Looking sharp

What to wear when we're traveling has always been a vexed question. Do you dress to impress at check-in in the hope of getting an upgrade only for your suit to be a crumpled mess after 11 hours in economy? Or do you travel looking like a holidaymaker and give up on the upgrade? It's so hard to find clothes that will withstand the rigors of travel, but these days there's a whole new brand of garment designed to help us road warriors stay fresh and pressed. We've been road testing the best of them.

Like a Virgin

Some would argue it's not what you wear but what you do in it. One man who has done much to put the fun back into travel is Sir Richard Branson, chairman of Virgin Atlantic. His ethos is simple; traveling can be enjoyable and we caught up with him in the Virgin Lounge in London to find out his top five ways of making it happen.

Staying connected

Doing business in the global economy is about connections. A project these days could have contributors in Auckland, Los Angeles, London and Hong Kong. You could try a conference call, but when is a convenient time to catch them all? Far better to go and visit! If you've got the time and the money. And now you can do that without ever having to change airlines or code-share partners... Air New Zealand has started a new round the world service, joining up the dots. Richard Quest traveled to Auckland, New Zealand to join its inaugural service.

The height of relaxation

Since Business Traveller started we've been keeping an eye on the downtime as well as the business hours. How to keep your health and well-being while moving around the world is something we've followed regularly. In over 50 episodes so far there's one place that still can't be beaten. The Ananda Spa in the Himalayan foothills and we finish this month's show with another look at it.

That's CNN Business Traveller for March.

Show times

ALL TIMES GMT

Airs the second weekend of the month and the following Thursday.

Next air dates: March 10/11/15

Saturday 14:30

Sunday 12:30

Thursday 14:30


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Richard Quest tried to survive on a tight budget in Japan.

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