New on Elliott: Tarmac delays revisited, Southwest-AirTran merger and the other side of Oahu – Sponsored by

By | September 28th, 2010

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In this issue. Tarmac delays revisited, the Southwest-AirTran merger and the other side of Oahu. Note: You can find incredible pictures of our journey to Hawaii on Flickr.

New posts

Tarmac-delay rule gives air travelers more respect (The Washington Post)

Survey: Car rental companies should only pursue claims when damage is acknowledged by driver (Elliott)

Adventures on the other side of Oahu (Elliott)

Can this trip be saved? He didn’t inspect the car – now they want $700 (Elliott)

Buh-bye, bag fees? What the Southwest-AirTran merger really means for passengers (Elliott)

Related story:   What's new on Elliott? A refund denied, sunset at the Sandpearl, my $800 mistake

Don’t panic, the food here is organic (Elliott)

Hotel calls mandatory room safe fee a tax, requires you to opt out when checking in (Elliott)

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