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• Primary travel sources
• “I opened the suitcase only to be completely shocked, appalled and dismayed at what I found”
• 6 ways you can rescue the passenger rights revolution
• Ask the Armchair Traveler: how do I not lose my luggage?
• Travel blogs
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Primary travel sources. Can we talk politics? This week’s MSNBC column talks about the dying passenger rights movement, and what you can do to revive it. There’s a “burning question” about the 2008 election and travel that you’ll want to answer. And there’s plenty more about corporate politics, blogging politics and the politics of the global reservation system. Safe travels!
Burning question … the politics of travel? You can’t turn on the TV or radio without hearing about the upcoming U.S. presidential election. But what’s in it for travelers? I would appreciate any deep thoughts on politics and travel, and your frank comments on which candidate would deliver for travelers. Send me a note and please don’t forget to include your full name, city and occupation.
Podcast debut! Ask the Armchair Traveler, my new videocast, debuts this week. Last week’s pilot episode drew more than 800 views, which means you liked it. But how do I make it better? Any suggestions would be much appreciated. Here’s this week’s episode on how to prevent your checked luggage from getting lost. If you want to be notified when the next podcast goes up, please subscribe to my YouTube channel — and don’t forget to rate the videos!
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“I opened the suitcase only to be completely shocked, appalled and dismayed at what I found” — When you check you luggage with an airline, you’re taking your chances. Air carriers lose or misplace roughly two bags per flight, and when your property is gone, there’s virtually no chance you’ll be reimbursed for the full value of your losses. JOIN THE DISCUSSION — leave your comment!
A mystery charge on a Madrid rental — What is “Super CDW” — and why is it on Richard Murai’s credit card bill after he rents a car from Alamo in Madrid? The car rental company’s Web site is less than clear about the fee, and Murai’s credit card company refuses to get involved. Is he stuck with the bill? (From The Troubleshooter)
6 ways you can rescue the passenger rights revolution — This Valentine’s Day marks the first anniversary of the passenger rights revolution. It will probably also be its last — unless you do something about it. (From MSNBC.com)
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Help! I’m stuck in London’s congestion pricing trap — Planning to rent a car during your next visit to the U.K.? Beware of big-time congestion charges. If you’re driving into London between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m., your vehicle will be docked £8 for the privilege of using the road. But Graham Morris ended up paying much more when his Alamo rental car passed through the congestion zone recently. Even after he asked his car rental company how to pay the fee. (From Elliott Blog)
Ask the Armchair Traveler: how do I not lose my luggage? — The Armchair Traveler reveals three secrets that will keep you from losing your checked luggage. This is the first episode of my new podcast. (From Elliott Blog)
And the award for best travel blog goes to … — Travel blogs are a lot like animated feature films before 2001, or for that matter, mathematics today. When it comes to the most prestigious awards, they get no respect. (From Elliott Blog)
Is Expedia censoring negative comments about its resorts? — Posting customer reviews on a travel site is often a double-edged sword. The information can help other travelers make a more informed decision — but it could also upset the airlines, cruise lines and hotels the online travel agency works with. At least one customer thinks agencies have quietly decided that if a review could potentially damage the relationship with a supplier, it gets zapped (a belief that many other travelers share). (From Elliott Blog) HOT POST!
10 best and worst airports for on-time departures — Take a bow, Chicago. Always-congested O’Hare was the worst major U.S. airport for on-time departures in 2007, according to recently released numbers from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. You’ll never guess the nine runners-up. (From Elliott Blog)
EgyptAir to American passengers: “Bl*w me!” — A fare basis code is an alphanumeric sequence with information about your airline ticket. It contains everything from your class of service to the season in which it was booked (low vs. high season). And if you’re flying on EgyptAir, the fare basis also has a message for the American imperialists who are coming to Cairo: “Blow me!” (From Elliott Blog)
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Travel blogs. What’s not to like about them?
The 20 most inspiring travel blogs of 2007 — Which travel blogs inspire me to travel, and to write about it? I’ve already weighed in on the most influential blogs of the year and hotel blogs worth bookmarking. But a lot of you have asked me which sites I read just for the fun of it (in other words, because I think they’re really good). Here’s your answer — my very own list of travel blogs that inspire me. (From Elliott Blog)
8 hotel blogs worth bookmarking in 2008 — Before you ask — no, I’m not in the business of rating blogs. But I’m a panelist at the Historic Hotels of America annual meeting at the Don CeSar Beach Resort on St. Petersburg Beach, Fla., tomorrow, and have been asked to name some of the hotel bloggers that are worth following. (From Elliott Blog)
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