New hard-sided luggage tells hard truths about air travel

If you’re looking for new luggage, I have good news and bad news.
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Do ethics matter in travel? Yes, and here’s why

Maybe you missed the announcement that the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) is introducing a “ground-breaking” new course focused on ethics in the travel industry. Read more “Do ethics matter in travel? Yes, and here’s why”

2016 holiday travel guide: When to drive, how to book and where to save

Thanksgiving is only a couple weeks away. Do you really want to wait until the last minute to plan your holiday travel? Not this year. Read more “2016 holiday travel guide: When to drive, how to book and where to save”

Don’t get broadsided by tolls when you rent a car. Here’s what you need to know

When he crossed the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge in Northern California, James Kaiser expected Avis to bill him for the $5 toll. It did, then it added a convenience fee — of $19.75.
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New DOT initiatives target airlines’ baggage fees and price transparency. Are they enough?

When the Transportation Department (DOT) announced new “enhanced” protections for air travelers last week, the reaction was predictable. Airlines complained loudly that they were being re-regulated. Consumer groups offered a collective eye-roll, grumbling that it wasn’t enough. And the government cheerfully congratulated itself. Read more “New DOT initiatives target airlines’ baggage fees and price transparency. Are they enough?”