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What you need to know this week

If they lie, why can’t we? That’s the provocative question prompted by a proposed new law, as I explain in this week’s USA Today column. Don’t forget to join the debate and please consider signing the Change.org petition that asks Congress to keep truth-in-advertising laws in place. (Note: Change.org may add you to its mailing list, I’ve learned, but it’s easy to unsubscribe.)

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This week’s burning question

Tell me about your favorite travel mistake Ever neglected to read the fine print on a travel purchase, and live to regret it? Or forget to pack something essential, like your socks? I’d love to hear your story. Please don’t forget to include your city and occupation.

The latest news from our blog network

What’s up on Souvenirist? On our new destination site, Janice Hough explains why sometimes, using a travel agent can be the smartest travel decision you’ll make. I explain what happens when luggage fees cost more than your airline ticket (hint: it’s not good). And Ned Levi shows us even more financial mistakes that can ruin your vacation.

What’s new on Elliott? This morning, I ask if United Airlines overcompensated a customer by depositing more miles in his account than it should. Also, should I mediate this case of a reader who crashed her scooter in Mexico? I dissect the airline industry’s Orwellian “transparent” airfares bill and try to project what will happen next. Plus, this reader canceled his hotel but was charged anyway. Now what?

What’s the latest on Consumer Traveler? Can photographing a train be dangerous? Maybe. Is Congress about to legalize “drip” pricing? Definitely, explains Charlie Leocha.

Let’s talk! The stories you see in this newsletter are just a starting point. I hope you’ll take a minute to leave a comment, whether you agree or disagree with something I’ve written. Let’s continue the conversation on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or Google. I’m listening. And of course, I’m also here if you need me.