Elliott’s E-Mail: My new channel, 7 ways to win your consumer case, and a report from Lake Tahoe

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Greetings from Incline Village, Nev., our latest stop on our cross-country adventure. We’ve had a few great days here in the Lake Tahoe area. As always, you can find more on our family travel blog.

Are you getting a lot of “nos” from a company? In my weekly Mint.com column, I share seven secrets for turning it into a yes.

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On Elliott. What would you do if your hotel added $50 to your bill for phone calls? Discover what happened to one reader, and how it was resolved, in today’s Travel Troubleshooter column. Also, is United Airlines a lost cause? Maybe not. Find out why.

After one reader ends his Verizon contract, the wireless carrier calls a collection agency. Here’s how the whole kerfuffle ends. Plus, what do you do when a legitimate complaint comes wrapped in a frivolous one. Maybe you know.

Elsewhere. Over at the Huffington Post, I ask if we are becoming a “papers please” society. On Frommers, join a lively discussion about the value of a trip. My Washington Post column hasn’t been posted yet, but it will be live tomorrow.

On Away is Home. Wow, check out this video of Crater Lake National Park. It’s mind-blowingly beautiful. Plus, if you had only one national park to visit, would it be Yellowstone or Rushmore. Vote now.

Remember, you can follow me on Twitter or Facebook and you can track the Away is Home Twitter and Facebook site. I’ll see you out there.

Have an awesome week, everyone. Safe travels!