Is it too soon to start thinking about summer travel? Maybe just a little. But it’s not too soon to think about making summer travel better.
Early numbers suggest more Americans will vacation during the warm months than last year. They plan to spend 8% more on leisure travel than in 2014, according to a recent survey conducted by Choice Hotels. That’ll translate into an average of four to five trips this year, and most of them will happen during the summer season, an AARP survey says.
With most mergers, consumers lose.
However, with the latest merger in the online travel industry between Expedia, Travelocity and Orbitz, competition should be enhanced rather than diminished.
Why? The real competition is not from other travel agents, but from the airlines and hotels.
Judson Mitchell wants to know if the offer that he received for resale of his timeshare through the Seven Star Allocation Group is legitimate.
I’ll let you decide.
A tracking firm that quietly captured information about 9 million consumers wandering in, out, and nearby retail stores — largely without consumers’ knowledge — was slapped on the wrist by the Federal Trade Commission yesterday.
The commission vote on the order was 3-2, meaning the slap was given reluctantly, with two of five commissioners writing that the FTC should have used “prosecutorial discretion” and dropped the matter.
In the annals of bad decisions, this ranks right up there.
The Los Angeles Angels announced a new policy forcing their ticket takers to continue working during the singing of the Star Spangled Banner.
They want them to ignore the national anthem and continue doing their job. They believe this will improve security as well as crowd control for the late-arriving spectators.
This is wrong. Unpatriotically wrong.
After a flight delay, British Airways reschedules flights for Chintha Kuruppunayake and her friend to arrive at Washington Dulles International Airport instead of Baltimore-Washington International Airport. No worries, the airline will cover the cost of their shuttle back to BWI. And then it doesn’t.
Love it or hate it, we’ve started publishing an op-ed feature every day.
As I explained last week, we may be biased toward the consumer, but we also need to understand the other side.
I knew this wasn’t going to be easy, but I also didn’t expect the angry response from an “expert” who often espouses pro-industry positions. He’d complained about one of our stories. I invited him to write an op-ed for the site.
His answer: “I think it’s a waste of time to rebut this ignorant drivel.”