Here’s my bombshell announcement

By | July 8th, 2013

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This is the online edition of Elliott’s E-Mail, my free weekly newsletter.

□ BIG NEWS!

Last week I promised you a surprise announcement. Here it is: I’ve joined USA Today as a columnist. Here’s my debut column. But there’s an even bigger story, and it affects you. I explain everything in this post.

□ DID YOU SEE THIS WEEK’S ELLIOTT SHOW?

Please join me every Monday morning for The Christopher Elliott Show, an irreverent half-hour conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus. Tune in to the hashtag #elliottshow at 11 a.m. Then at 11:30 a.m., catch the live YouTube broadcast on my channel, where anything can happen. And yesterday, anything did happen. I forgot the name of my guest, and also, my own name. Well, not quite. Here’s the clip.

□ WHAT DO YOU THINK?

Ever given up on a loyalty program?
As rewards become incrementally more difficult to redeem and the rules that govern them grow more complex, travelers are re-evaluating their participation. Have you recently had to make a decision about your loyalty? Did you decide to stay with your current airline, hotel or car rental company, or leave? I’m working on a story about this, and would love to include your comment. Please send me an email. As always, don’t forget include your full name, city and occupation.


Wanna become the world’s smartest traveler?
I know you do. Then do this now: Pre-order my new book, How to Be the World’s Smartest Traveler (and Save Time, Money, and Hassle). It’ll help you navigate the ins and outs of the travel industry and save lots of time and money. Details are right here. By the way, if you’re heading out somewhere on a trip and need help with something, I’d be happy to email you a draft of a chapter, whether you order the book or not.

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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. Here’s my email address.

□ POSTS YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS

Fireworks and more from Away is Home
Last week, my son Aren took some pretty unbelievable shots of the Fourth of July fireworks in Orlando. We also did our traditional video about what we hope to do this summer. What are you planning to do? Tell us. Also, do your little brats offend other travelers? You’ll want to take our little poll and leave your answer.

Delayed by a day, and these flight vouchers aren’t gonna cut it
Flight delays happen. But the one experienced by Nigel Goring-Morris and his companion on their flight from Tel Aviv to Honolulu by way of Los Angeles was so long, and the initial compensation so inadequate, that I’m considering getting involved. What do you think?