Think that free trip insurance is all you need? Think again

When Monique Tubb’s adult daughter injured herself while vacationing in Colorado, she canceled the rest of her trip. Tubb was confident that her UnitedPlus Explorer card’s free trip insurance would cover all the additional expenses.

It didn’t. And now Tubb wants to know why the insurance company hasn’t paid her full claim. Read more “Think that free trip insurance is all you need? Think again”

Alitalia promised to cover my lost luggage, but the check never arrived

After John Nealon’s bags go missing, his airline sends him shopping. Why won’t it cover the bill? Read more “Alitalia promised to cover my lost luggage, but the check never arrived”

The surprise $70 “application” fee wasn’t so visionary

When Otis Millbrook Jr. applies for a new, low-income home in California, his application is turned down. But not before the company extracts a $70 “application” fee. Is that right? Read more “The surprise $70 “application” fee wasn’t so visionary”

What if they pulled the plug on this site?

What if they pulled the plug on this site?

What if the stories you read here every day vanished? What if I stopped holding companies’ feet to the fire in the pages of the Washington Post, USA Today and in my syndicated columns?
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What’s this $50 ‘other’ charge on my rental car invoice?

Hertz dings Jonathan Beyer for smoking in his rental car. But wait — he doesn’t smoke.
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Beware of travel industry doublespeak

It’s for your own good.

Travelers are hearing these words more often than ever, and they are being applied to increasingly unwelcome scenarios. The latest example: being unable to access WiFi in your hotel without incurring an added charge. In August, the American Hotel & Lodging Association and Marriott filed a petition with the Federal Communications Commission asking the government for permission to block wireless devices in hotels.
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The war on snark is over and the good guys won

Note: Effective Jan. 1, this site shifted from a travel advocacy site to a general consumer advocacy blog. But that isn’t the only change for 2015.

When I enrolled as a graduate student at the University of California, one of the first things I did was visit Sproul Plaza, where the Free Speech movement was born in 1964.
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How to navigate the child-unfriendly skies

What is it with airlines and kids these days?
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Yes, airlines can do something right

If you think the airline industry doesn’t do anything right, think again.
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