Only you can prevent a full Elliott Advocacy meltdown!

If you’re a reader of my personal website, you probably already know about the full meltdown that happened after we posted a blockbuster story by Michelle Couch-Friedman about buying jewelry on a cruise. Suddenly a surge of traffic flooded the Elliott Advocacy site and within just a few minutes, our server choked up. Instead of the article, that annoyingly familiar “error establishing a database connection” message greeted you. Read more “Only you can prevent a full Elliott Advocacy meltdown!”

This is what happens when a cruise line forgets your amenity

What happens when a cruise line forgets your amenity? That’s the question facing Carol McHale, who ordered a birthday gift for her father from MSC Cruises, who was on his first solo trip since his wife’s death.

His present got lost at sea. Read more “This is what happens when a cruise line forgets your amenity”

Here are the air travel secrets I want to share with you

Brent Bowen may be America’s leading airline critic, but he’s also a frequent air traveler, and he has a few secrets. His advice on flying better may help you have a problem-free flight. Read more “Here are the air travel secrets I want to share with you”

Here they are: The best hotel review sites in the world!

When it comes to the best hotel review sites in the world, the real winners aren’t the usual suspects. They are “none of the above.” This may be good news for discerning travelers looking for accurate lodging advice. Read more “Here they are: The best hotel review sites in the world!”

Travelers have plenty of reservations about hotels

Of all the hotel annoyances, the one that bothers Louise Sattler the most is the smells.

“Scents,” she says, “and smoking in hotel rooms.” Read more “Travelers have plenty of reservations about hotels”

Are consumers tired of gratuitous gratuities?

Are you suffering from gratuity fatigue?

Tipping is a hot topic again, thanks to a controversial ballot measure raising the minimum wage for restaurant workers in Washington, D.C., and recent social-media campaigns such as the #tipthebillchallenge that have drawn attention to low server wages. Read more “Are consumers tired of gratuitous gratuities?”

These expert mortgage tips could save you time and money

Today I have some expert mortgage tips for you. With rates edging higher, and housing market uncertainties ahead, applying for a home loan is trickier than ever. But, as always, it’s the fine print that’ll get you. Read more “These expert mortgage tips could save you time and money”

You need to know this before you file for personal bankruptcy

Although the number of bankruptcy protection cases continues to decline, this is no time to lower your guard, say experts.

Total bankruptcy filings fell by 1.8 percent to 790,830 last year, according to the government, the smallest decline in years. Filing for personal bankruptcy may seem routine in the wake of the Great Recession. Read more “You need to know this before you file for personal bankruptcy”

What you have to know before you sign an apartment lease

Nicole Watts didn’t read her apartment lease before she signed on the dotted line. She wishes she had. Read more “What you have to know before you sign an apartment lease”