Elliott’s E-Mail/September 16, 2008

By | September 16th, 2008

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In this issue …

Why is your travel company ignoring you?
Shut up!
American Airlines, JFK get bogus travel agent awards
How to reach yours truly
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FIRST | Random thoughts about the week in travel

Burning question … thoughts on the Wall Street meltdown and travel? Remember what happened to travel after the last big stock market meltdown? Do you have any thoughts on what will happen after yesterday’s 500+ point drop? Please share your thoughts. Send me a note and please don’t forget to include your full name, city and occupation.

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SIGHTINGS | Noted Elliott appearances online and offline

We’re out of cars — and you’re out of luck — When David Nicholson arrives at the National Car Rental counter in Guadalajara, Mexico, he’s told they’re out of cars. And he’s also on his own. Shouldn’t National have tried to find him another car? Well, yes. So why isn’t it responding to his complaint letter? (From The Troubleshooter)

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Why is your travel company ignoring you? — It isn’t your imagination. Your travel company is giving you the cold shoulder. (From MSNBC.com)

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BLOGGED | New posts on Elliott’s Blog

Hotel bargains are just a few months away — Any day now, it will become a buyer’s market for hotel rooms. Check this out. (From Elliott Blog)

As price of jet fuel plummets, airline surcharges defy gravity — They make us pay for our first checked bag. They invent new fees. They slap outrageous fuel “surcharges” on to the price of our ticket. Why? Airlines say it’s because fuel costs are out of control. What nonsense. (From Elliott Blog)

Shut up! — On the seventh anniversary of 9/11, there’s lots of blabbering and bloviating about the the terrorist attacks. To most of it — if not all of it — I have a two-word response: shut up. (From Elliott Blog)

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ON TRIPSO | Blog postings from the last honest travel site

On 9/11 anniversary, TSA upgrades its … uniforms? — Just what the country needs. On the seventh anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Transportation Security Administration has unveiled its latest “improvement” — new uniforms. (From Tripso)

American Airlines, JFK get bogus travel agent awards — It’s difficult to find a traveler who thinks always-congested JFK is the best airport in the country or that always-late American Airlines is the top air carrier — let alone a competent travel agent. But not according to the World Travel Awards, which has given JFK and American its top honors. (From Tripso)

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