Elliott’s E-Mail/October 1, 2008

By | October 1st, 2008

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In this issue …

Four rules travelers should know for 2009
Here’s the video that got grandmother detained on JetBlue flight
Will alarmist headlines keep holiday air travelers at home?
How to reach yours truly
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FIRST | Random thoughts about the week in travel

It’s been a crazy week — and I’m not even talking about that failed Wall Street bailout. I’m talking travel. I have stories and blog posts in this issue of Elliott’s E-Mail about preparing for travel in 2009, funny airline contracts, missing refunds and a postscript on that grandmother who taped an altercation on JetBlue. Read at your own risk!

Burning question: Does your candidate support the travel industry? Election season is coming up. How does your candidate stand on the travel industry? Please tell me why you like McCain or Obama, and specifically, what you think they’ll do for travel. Send me a note and please don’t forget to include your full name, city and occupation.

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SIGHTINGS | Noted Elliott appearances online and offline

Pick up the phone, pay twice the price — Joseph Dunlap runs into a snag when he tries to buy an airline ticket online for his mother. So he calls the online agency, Expedia, and is sold a ticket that costs twice the online rate. Do rates really vary by that much? Well, yes — and no. (From The Troubleshooter)

Four rules travelers should know for 2009 — It’s not too soon to start thinking about traveling next year. In 2009, a series of new rules and regulations kick in that could affect your vacation. Ignore them, and you might find yourself delayed or denied access to your destination. (From MSNBC.com)

Related story:   Elliott's E-Mail/December 2, 2008