What’s new on Elliott: Walking scams, taxation without representation and a rapping flight attendant

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This week’s burning question: collection agencies? Has a travel company every threatened to send your unpaid bill to a collection agency? I’m working on a story about collection agencies and their use in the travel industry, and I’m interested in your stories. Please share your thoughts, and don’t forget to include your full name, city and occupation.

New feature! This week, I’m inaugurating a new feature: A syndicated Q&A interview with a newsmaker in the travel industry. Check out my interview with David Holmes, Southwest Airlines’ rapping flight attendant.

Walking “down.” Sorry, your five-star hotel is a fleabag motel. A bad dream? Not necessarily, as I discover in my latest MSNBC.com column. Find out about the latest “walking” scam. And in this week’s Travel Troubleshooter, see what happens when one car rental customer arrives at the counter and the cars are all gone.

Tax this! Do you love mass transit? I hope so, because you might be subsidizing it the next time you rent a car in South Florida. Also, should Disney compensate a family whose cruise was ruined by the Norwalk virus? How to get better customer service by looking to your inner journalist. The mystery of a bankrupt tour operator and an unpaid resort bill. Plus: pay attention when you book airline tickets online. Otherwise, this could happen.

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