Slippery reviews and other scams your momma never told you about

When are you likeliest to get scammed? This week, I have a few answers in my column — and they might surprise you.

I’m coming to you today from gorgeous Savannah, Ga. I hope you’re following the fun on Twitter and Facebook in real-time. I’ll have a full report in the usual places later this week. Some of the images on Flickr are really incredible. This city sure doesn’t take a bad picture, as they say here.

I wanted to give a shout-out to our friends at the Travel Hacking Cartel, which is a brave underwriter of this site and newsletter. If you want to travel smarter, you’ll want to stop by and check out the cartel now.

I have way too much material to share with you this week, including a new National Geographic Traveler column about user-generated reviews that you won’t want to miss. I’m also hard at work on my latest ebook about cruising. You can find the latest section on troubleshooting your cruise here.


• Sandals lost her wedding pictures. What does it owe her? No one can seem to agree.

• Should I blacklist “involuntary downgrade” cases? Tell me.

• Is that new FAA bill any good for air travelers? I break it down for you. Read it in the Washington Post, too.

And I couldn’t let a week go by without a check on our friends at the TSA. I examine the case of the underwear protesters and wonder how effective they’ve been. You can also read this story on the Huffington Post. Have a great week!

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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