Travel’s biggest rip-off to end soon?

I’m introducing a new feature this morning called The Scan, a quick look at the headlines worth reading.

What we’re reading

Travel’s biggest rip-off to end soon? (CNN International)

Is travel bad for your health? (The Washington Times)

Airlines devise own ticket price comparison tool (USA Today)

Asiana crash not expected to damage airline long-term (Los Angeles Times)

Oh, Rats! Flight Attendant Accused of Bringing Critters Onboard Sues Airline (ABC News)

What we’re writing

New “cheat sheet” added for Priceline (Elliott Contacts)

Did she wait too long to file a damage claim (Consumer Traveler)

Is your phone card phony? 5 ways you can tell (Elliott)

Please let me know what you think of this new feature. Tomorrow, longtime contributor and friend Steve Surjaputra will take over The Scan. Please send him your headline suggestions now. Want to blog for this site? We have several openings. Send me an email for details.

Christopher Elliott

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  • Grant

    I like this.

  • Fly, Icarus, Fly

    Love it!

  • Alan Gore

    Free WiFi offers a medium for advertising. There is always a point at which the value of the ad revenue exceeds the steadily decreasing cost of providing the service.

    I’m just back from a conference held at a Marriott affiliate in Texas. We really needed WiFi in the conference rooms, but the hotel wanted THIRTY-FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS to turn on the service for our four conference days! We elected to leave it turned off, so everyone was cruising the lobby between sessions, vying for a slender slice of the free WiFi available there.

    As an IT guy, I would have bid on installing conference room WiFi for less than what Marriott was asking.

  • Jeanne_in_NE

    Well, that USA Today article certainly starts out with a completely different world view than the “Would you buy a “custom” airline ticket?” article on Sunday. Thanks for posting that one, Chris. I like different viewpoints and use them to help form my own opinions.

    Love “The Scan”! Great idea. Maybe some of your other readers can suggest articles for you to include – I know you have a few that read extensively outside the regular media outlets.

  • Christopher Elliott

    We definitely will be including suggestions from everyone. Thanks!