It’s back-to-school time, and you know what that means, don’t you? Scams! On my Mint.com column today, I list five of them. Also, you’ll want to check out my National Geographic Traveler column on the biggest travel mistakes made by my readers, and, ahem, yours truly.
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On Elliott. A $93 “top off” fee for a rental car? No, seriously — that’s today’s Travel Troubleshooter case. Also, is Amtrak going the way of the airline industry? Read this and then tell me. Did Travelocity do enough for this customer, given the new 24-hour cancellation rule? The poll’s open, my friends. Plus: Mom’s been dead two years, so why does Chase keep calling her? And finally, do these customers deserve a full refund from their cruise line? Here’s the bizarre, confusing story that even threw me for a loop.
Elsewhere. On the Huffington Post, I tell you when to stand up to the TSA. Over at Frommers.com, my weekly column is still alive and kicking (at least for now) and this week, I obsess over an odd $500 fee for being American. In my Washington Post column, I discuss the dangers of drip pricing in hotels, and what’s being done about it.
On Away is Home. Our adventure continued this week with a brief trip to Hilton Head in South Carolina. Here’s what we saw. We’re headed all the way out to Oregon next week and will bring you every detail on our site. I hope you’ll join us!
Have an excellent week, everyone. Safe travels!