You may not know it, but you’re likely at risk of encountering an ATM or gas pump skimmer this summer. And if you use a prepaid debit card, you might find Sylvia Powers’ experience with a card skimmer of particular interest. She swiped her American Express Bluebird card at the pumps of her local gas station, and a skimming device secretly recorded her information. Then, thieves duplicated the prepaid debit card and quickly began draining Powers’ funds.
Powers assumed American Express would protect her against this fraud. She assumed wrong. Read more “My prepaid debit card was drained by a skimmer at the gas station!”
What happens if you lock yourself out of your Airbnb rental thousands of miles from home? Will your host or the caretaker immediately come and rescue you?
Xiamin Qi recently discovered the answer to both questions after she locked herself out of her Airbnb rental in Barcelona. Despite the host warning her about the self-locking feature of the front door, she says jet lag caused an oversight. That fatigue caused Qi to walk out of the building and leave the keys inside.
Now she is asking the host to refund $500 for her trouble. But is this a reasonable request? Read more “If you lock yourself out of your Airbnb rental, don’t do this!”
Jacob Finn made a big mistake when he applied for travel insurance. And now he’s in big trouble. He’s also learned the answer to the question: What happens when you give the wrong information on your insurance application?
Spoiler alert: it’s not good. But in this case, it’s bizarre. Read more “What happens if you give the wrong information on your insurance application?”
It’s true, Americans are getting larger and airline seats are shrinking. So confrontations between passengers of size and their fellow travelers are inevitable. Read more “Passengers of size present a challenge for seatmates and airlines”
Last fall, Russell Wayne’s rental car inexplicably crashed into the ocean in a picturesque seaside town in Spain. Unfortunately, the strange accident totaled the Europcar-owned Audi and plunged Wayne into an insurance nightmare with Chase Eclaims. Read more “His rental car crashed in the sea. Now he’s in a $ 27,825 insurance nightmare”