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What you need to know this week
Which frequent flier programs are the worst? I tell all in my new USA Today column. Read it — if you dare.
You’ve made a difference! The Change.org petition that asks Congress to keep truth-in-advertising laws in place has hit 60,000 signatures. If you haven’t added your name yet, please consider doing so now.
Become the world’s smartest traveler. Buy my new book, How To Be The World’s Smartest Traveler, and you’ll never have another bad trip. (And if you do, you know where to find me, right?)
Download the epilogue now. The unpublished final chapter of my book is now available exclusively from the National Geographic Facebook site. You can download it now at no additional charge. It’s filled with exciting, funny and informative interviews with the world’s smartest travelers.
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This week’s burning question
Have you lost your TSA Pre-Check status? I’m working on an article about how to lose your TSA Pre-Check status, and how to get it back. Have you been relieved of your status? Have you tried to get it back? I’d love to hear your story.
Bonus question: Tell me your international credit card horror stories. Have you taken a recent trip where your plastic didn’t work? I’m interested in your story of chip-and-pin misfires, swipes that didn’t work and ATMs that ate your card. Extra bonus points for a resolution that will help fellow readers.
The latest news from the Travelers United blog network
Elliott. On our advice site, we ask: What’s the difference between a “shoppable” and “bookable” rate? Plus, here are the five most common travel mistakes — and how to avoid them. This travelers friend died; where’s his refund? And, does this patron deserve money for eating glass at a restaurant?
Souvenirist. On our destination site, you’ve gotta check out these wingsuit jumpers. Wow. If you’re booking travel through a website, you need to know this now. Also, read this before you go in the water this summer.
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.