The one rule your airline hates the most


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What you need to know this week

What’s the one rule your airline hates the most? I’ll tell you in my USA Today column.Drop on by and join the discussion!

Who are the best budget travel bloggers? Do tell! Here’s how to vote. Plus, there’s still time to cast your ballot for best couples travel blogtop family travel bloggersfavorite videographer, and top theme park blogger.

And the top cruise blogger is … Can you guess? Here are the winners.

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This week’s burning question

Burning question: Ever thought of becoming a travel “hacker”? Do you book mistake fares and churn your credit cards to run up miles? Do you use discount codes that you find online to secure a deal, even if you’re not entitled to it? Then you may be a travel hacker. If you are, I’d love to know where you draw the line between “ethical” and “unethical” hacking. And I’d love to include your comments in an upcoming column.

The latest news from Elliott

Does she deserve a full refund for a hotel room she stayed in?
When the Glenmoriston Town House, in Inverness, Scotland, gave Andrea McEwen the keys to the wrong hotel room, her first thought wasn’t a full refund.

Should you go for a last-minute upgrade?
Judith Patrizzi did it. So did Linda Petzler.

Losing TSA Pre-Check is easy, but just try getting it back
The Transportation Security Administration can’t stop talking about its new Pre-Check program.

Extreme card confusion on my rental car
Harold Nagase tries to add a day to his Hotwire car rental, but when the vehicle is damaged, his credit card won’t cover it.

Why won’t AT&T help me with my medical bills?
After an accident at an AT&T store, Jane Smith-Stage turns to me for help with her medical bills.

Is this online travel agency for real?
Did Mitja Baumhackl just book a room through a scammy online travel agency?

Let’s talk

I’m listening. 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.

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 . Got a question or comment? You can post it on the new forum.

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