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What you need to know this week

Hey, who moved my border? Are airlines changing national boundaries to make more money? I look at the facts in my latest USA Today column. Please join the discussion.

Who are the top cruise bloggers? You can vote for your favorite on the latest 10best.com list.

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This week’s burning question

Flying with a special need? I’m working on a story about special-needs passengers with mental disabilities. I’m interested in any recent stories — positive or negative — about how an airline treated you or a loved one with a disability on a flight.

The latest news from Elliott

Why can’t I leave a review about my vacation rental from hell?
Diana Younts’ problem isn’t her vacation rental from hell. That one, she fixed on her own.

Warning! Don’t be blinded by these flash sales
At first it looked like an unexpected wedding present for Matt Parisi and his wife, Kimberly.

They’ve redefined an airline ticket – it’s time to fix that
OK, here’s an easy question: What’s an airline ticket?

Why won’t American refund my flight?
After Geoff Shaughnessy’s flight from Chicago to Palm Beach is canceled, he’s rebooked on another carrier.

Help! I’m having a disconnect with my cell phone insurance
Ralph Lagergren’s cell phone “protection” won’t protect him when he tries to invoke a buyback clause.

I didn’t have a ticket, but Budget charged me anyway
I’m excited to bring back a weekly feature that probably belongs on every consumer advocacy site: “Is this a scam?”

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  • TonyA_says

    it is so easy to check baggage fees at the AA website.

    For tickets purchased on/after April 8, 2014: $25 unless qualifies for other exceptions and excluding South America …

    For tickets purchased on/after April 8, 2014, first bag fee does not
    apply: In the Caribbean for PAP, POS, SDQ, STI, KIN; In Central America
    for GUA, MGA, PTY, SAL, SAP, TGU

    Therefore:
    BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE
    AA MIAAUA 0PC
    BAG 1 – 25.00 USD UPTO50LB/23KG AND UPTO62LI/158LCM
    BAG 2 – 40.00 USD UPTO50LB/23KG AND UPTO62LI/158LCM

  • S363

    I tried to join, but it doesn’t appear as though one can yet (12:35 pm EDT). Maybe let us know when one actually can?