It’s the end of advocacy as you know it (and that’s no bluff)

It happened again yesterday. Another threat of a lawsuit, this time from a reader for whom I’d secured a ticket refund in 2015. Even though she’d filled out a form explicitly authorizing me to publish her details, and even though her story had been online for more than two years, she insisted that I redact her name immediately.

Proposed legislation could protect online reviewers from retaliatory suits

SLAPP lawsuits — which most often take the form of a defamation suit — are surprisingly common. They are meant to burden individuals with the cost of a legal defense until they stop their criticism. They affect travelers disproportionately, in large part because travelers’ opinions have the power to raise the fortunes of a hotel or restaurant — or to put them out of business.

Travelzoo v. Fresh Trips: Deceptive practices and a damaged reputation

Remember Barbara Smidt? She purchased a Cancun vacation package on Cyber Monday through Fresh Trips, a website promoted by Travelzoo. After she paid for her trip, she discovered that Fresh Trips was not delivering on the deal — and she would have to find other, much more expensive accommodations to complete the trip.

You call that a perk? The truth about airline buddy passes

As anyone with a pulse knows by now, a passenger flying on a so-called “buddy pass” is suing JetBlue for forcing him to spend most of a flight on the toilet. The JetBlue spin machine is just getting warmed up (I note some pro-blue comments on our sister blog, Tripso that appear to be the work of bluewashers). But there’s a lot more to this story.

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