Thanks to your help, consumer advocacy isn’t extinct yet

These aren’t the best of times to be in journalism. Budgets are being slashed. Writers are being let go. Makes me feel like a dinosaur on the verge of extinction.

But there are exceptions to every rule, and thanks to you, this site has survived.

Elliott Advocacy is underwritten by Generali Global Assistance. Generali Global Assistance has been a leading provider of travel insurance and other assistance services for more than 25 years. We offer a full suite of innovative, vertically integrated travel insurance and emergency services. Generali Global Assistance is part of The Europ Assistance (EA) Group, who pioneered the travel assistance industry in 1963 and continues to be the leader in providing real-time assistance anywhere in the world, delivering on our motto – You Live, We Care.

There’s a reason why: Every day, with your help, I advocate for consumers. You won’t find anything else quite like, online or offline. Your comments, tips and financial support keep this blog operational as an independent voice for travelers.

I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge everyone for their help. By the way, there’s still time to become an underwriter this summer. Here’s how.

CORPORATE – Dedicated to bringing you cheap international flights and international travel to destinations all over the world. Find the best rates in seconds. — Voted the best travel insurance comparison site. Squaremouth is easy to use with powerful sort & research tools. 250+ travel insurance plans. Click here for more. — Lets you search the best travel deals, then book your cheap airline tickets with one of its many partners. Check out — Should Expedia and Priceline be scared of a tiny Youtube-based travel site? offering two free nights in Budapest if you either book a hotel through its site or register your hotel as an agent for free.

Florida Vacation Auction — Where you can save up to 80 percent off retail on resorts, hotels and attractions in the auction and 20 to 30 percent via Buy Direct. No cost to use unless you win or buy. Register using promo code Elliott to get a $25 credit towards a winning auction. Details here. — Offers detailed trip cancellation travel insurance information. Call Steve, Deanna, Becky, Mary or Teresa directly at 1-888-407-3854 for personalized advice or visit it online.

Travel Insurance Review — Where you can get articles, reviews, and guides to help you find an insurance policy that will fit your individual travel needs. You can buy directly or use its comparison site to find a trusted and reputable travel insurance provider. Get more information. — Helps you fly first class for the price of coach. Get more information.

Skooba — Offers award-winning tech/travel carrying cases and accessories. Discount code ELLIOTT20 gets you 20% off and free shipping on orders of $50 or more. Visit Skooba. — Where you can find a community for travelers who are interested in stretching their travel budget. If you want to vote, submit a travel deal, or comment on a travel deal, please register (it’s FREE!). Get the details here.

Your company can become a corporate underwriter, too. Here’s how.


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Ken Akin
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William Fisher
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Bill Howard
April Klazema
Daniel Schmidt
Stephanus Surjaputra *
Bradley Stiritz

Associate ($74 and under)

Karin Amour
Ellen Beeman #
Tiffany Brown
Linda Cane #
John Corbett
Stephanie Diehl #
Judi Drews
Daniel Gato
Harold Gurian
Barry Graham#
Anna Ikeda #
Janine Johnson #
Ivan Kazen
Jeff Kolker *
Margaret McGuan
Jeanne Miller #
Sean O’Neill #
Marsha Pike #
Arthur Quek #
Nicole Richard
Angela Schwartz
Kirsten Taylor
Shirley Timberman
Eric Voth
Benet Wilson #
Margaret Walton
Eric Zawid

(*) denotes multiple donations during a year.

(#) legal defense fund.

Thank you, all!

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