Elliott’s E-Mail: The 6 best airlines in America, avoiding superstorm scams, rude seat recliners

What’s the best airline in America? You voted, and the results are in! Here they are. And there are a few surprises …

Please nominate your favorite travel blogger for next week’s list. The deadline is Tuesday morning. You can email me your nominations.

Is this vacation club a scam? In this week’s Mint.com consumer column, a reader asks if a vacation club is on the up-and-up. Also, as a bonus, I have some tips on avoiding superstorm scams.

Thank you, Travel Hacking Cartel! We truly appreciate the support of the Travel Hacking Cartel in bringing you the consumer advocacy on this site. You can earn hundreds of thousands of frequent flyer miles without getting on a plane through the cartel. What’s more, you’ll be supporting the important work of this site.

Have you ever edited a wiki? If you’ve ever edited a wiki, have some management experience, and if you care about customer service, please send me a note. I have an exciting new project and I’m looking for wiki editors.

This week. We’re in Kauai today. It’s beautiful, it’s quiet, and (knock on wood) there have been no natural disasters. You can see the latest photos on my Instagram account, and if you use Instagram on your phone, you can follow me at elliottdotorg. We’re still trying to catch up from our Big Island and Maui adventures, but will have more soon.

On Elliott. Is this cruise club a bait and switch scam? Read the story before you answer. In my consumer Q&A column, I answer a question from someone whose Sears purchase didn’t go quite as planned. Should she boycott the department store? Plus, should travel insurance cover a missed tour? I report, and … well, you know the rest.

Most commented post. Anytime you write about airline passengers and seats that lean back too far, you’re going to get comments. Lots of comments. This one is no different. Another post that drew lots of fire involved this ill-fated flight from Kona to Los Angeles. (Sound familiar?)

Elsewhere. In Sunday’s Washington Post column, I examine the great airline fee grab and explain why almost no one is on your side, when it comes to this swindle. And over at the Huffington Post, I tackle the problem of good and evil at the TSA, and what we should do about it.

I love to hear from you. As always, I’m happy to get your thoughts and feedback on anything you see in this newsletter. Send me an email.

Remember, you can follow me on Twitter or Facebook and you can track the Away is Home Twitter and Facebook site. I’ll see you out there.

Have an awesome week. Safe travels!

Christopher Elliott

Christopher Elliott is an author, journalist and consumer advocate. You can read more about him on his personal website or contact him at chris@elliott.org. Got a question or comment? You can post it on our help forum.

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