We’ve had quite a discussion this week, whether it’s about the minivan totaled by a Disney valet or the hotel review that was alleged to have been censored. I’m happy you’ve decided to join us!
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The Travel Troubleshooter: Broadsided by mandatory car rental insurance
When she books a rental car through Expedia in Tel Aviv, Israel, Marissa Barashi is led to believe her rate includes all mandatory charges. It doesn’t. She must buy insurance, too. Is Expedia responsible for the extra fee?
Case dismissed: Grounded by my doctor — could you refund my ticket?
Basili Alukos spent almost a month in the hospital this summer and his doctor told him he couldn’t fly. He had several trips planned, including one on Spirit Airlines.
Ridiculous or not? Travel is going to the dogs — and it’s our fault
From the “gotcha” fees that can double the price of your trip to being roughed up by airport screeners, there’s no shortage of issues to get mad about in the travel business.
Is this enough compensation? Disney totaled my minivan
As Joyce Dunne was checking out of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in Orlando recently, a cast member slipped her some bad news: Her Honda minivan had been damaged by the parking valet.
Can this trip be saved? My vacation rental was a dump and I want a refund
When Marcella Knight opened the door to her vacation rental property in Rehoboth Beach, Del., a few weeks ago, she saw a dump. Not only was the unit dirty, but it was also in dire need of maintenance, she says.
TSA Watch: “Because of your attitude you have earned a trip into our body scanner!”
Whenever I hear from someone like Angela Wright, I can almost predict the TSA’s knee-jerk response to her complaint.
Is this a scam? Hosted reviews on hotel site look bogus
Ellen Gonella is a guest at The Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas in Lahaina, Maui, a gorgeous beachfront property with a little smoking problem.
The smarter consumer: Don’t get scammed by spam!
If you think the spam epidemic is under control, then I have a check from Nigeria with your name on it.
What’s your problem? “The fridge makes these crazy sounds at night when it is forming the ice”
Rachel Huff’s refrigerator doesn’t work, and no one — not the manufacturer, not the distributor — will fix it. Is the out of luck?
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