Slippery reviews and other scams your momma never told you about

By | February 14th, 2012

When are you likeliest to get scammed? This week, I have a few answers in my Mint.com 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.

Plus:

• 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!



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