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Credit card bill has an enormous loophole that could hurt travelers

The Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009, which is expected to land on the president's desk later this week, promises to help consumers by prohibiting unfair, misleading and deceptive practices in the credit card market. But those protections may not extend to international travelers.

EU commissioner on airline Web sites: “There is more work to be done”

First, the bad news: European airlines still routinely deceive customers when it comes to air fares, according to a new report by the EU. But there's also good news -- it's not happening as often, thanks to tighter government regulation.

Now that I’ve found my Google Voice, mind if I sing a little tune?

Any day now, Google Voice -- an application integrates voice mail, phone service and e-mail -- will be released to the general public. As someone who has tested Voice since its introduction, here's my advice to travelers: Get your number as soon as you can.

Dot bomb! How to handle online travel purchases gone bad

The roundtrip airfare from Brussels to New York on the European online travel site eDreams was €337 — until Alisa Schlossberg clicked on the “buy” button. Then it jumped to €592, creating an eNightmare.

Hey, where’s my travel insurance check?

It's been a year since Anita Isaia's cruise, but the insurance claim she made through a company that offered traveler "protection" is apparently lost at sea. Will she ever get her $675 back? Find out.

Wall Street Journal’s McCartney: Airlines have gotten “carried away” with fees

Scott McCartney writes The Wall Street Journal’s “Middle Seat” column and is the author of the new book “The Wall Street Journal Guide to Power Travel: How to Arrive with Your Dignity, Sanity, and Wallet Intact.” With the travel season about to take off, I asked him for his thoughts on flying in the summer of 2009.
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