To answer that question, I consulted my feed reader to find out which travel sites I visit the most often. In the past, I’ve pulled the list out of thin air, but a little methodology never hurts, right?
By the way, I wrote this post before the circus with the Department of Homeland Security started. It’s nice to know that some of these bloggers also read my site.
Here they are:
Burning question: What do you think of the TSA? Got an opinion about the new security measures? What do you think the government should be doing? Please send me a quick note with your thoughts, and don’t forget to include your city and occupation.
In this issue. Avoiding a la carte anarchy. Plus, more on the new TSA restrictions and how to get your travel insurance company to say “yes.”
(Note: some of the older posts about the TSA’s new rules have already been revised. I’ll be posting the latest information on my site soon.)
• 5 easy ways to avoid a la carte anarchy (MSNBC)
• Tips on traveling in bad weather (The Washington Post)
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Since the government has been unresponsive to my requests to clarify its new security measures, I thought it would be best to publish the security directive in its entirety.
Steph Ulyett’s airline ticket should have said “Stephanie” of course, but she’s always gone by Steph, so that’s the name her partner typed into Expedia when he reserved their flights to Chicago.
Unfortunately, a commonly misunderstood Transportation Security Administration initiative called Secure Flight, almost made her miss her plane. At least that’s what she thought. A new government rule says the name you use when buying your ticket must match your ID — which Ulyett’s did not.
I had a two-night stay in Sedona, Ariz., at $105 a night. I had to cancel one of the nights, so I called Hotels.com and spoke with a woman who was very difficult to understand. She kept putting me on hold and seemed as if she didn’t know what she was doing. I thought I had canceled the room, but when I got my credit card bill, I noticed a charge for two nights, for a total of $228.
I wrote to Hotels.com, asking it to adjust my charges. I received a letter from the hotel stating that they showed no record of the cancellation, and that we were listed as a “no-show” for the second night. Can you help me with this? — Elaine Farkas, Parma Heights, Ohio
Answer: If Hotels.com canceled your room, you shouldn’t have been charged. But according to the online travel agency’s records, your room wasn’t canceled.
So what happened? I contacted Hotels.com to find out.