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Can they do that? What are the four silliest travel rules you’ve never heard of? In this week’s must-read MSNBC.com column I’ll let you know, and I’ll explain just how absurd they are. Plus, what happens when you buy a business-class ticket but end up in economy class? If you guessed that you still had to pay the business-class fare, you’re right. Read this week’s Travel Troubleshooter to find out if there’s any hope for a refund.
Our very own insurance meltdown. Who knew the travel industry had its its own scandal of AIG-like proportions? Well, sort of. This week, I report on the questionable dealings of Prime Travel Protection and how state and federal investigators are poised to crack down on the company and agents that sold its policies. Also, I have a report on cookies and fare differentials, and the tale of a no-show on Spirit Airlines.
Discriminatory mileage offers? Over at Tripso, I wonder if Delta’s mileage offers are discriminatory. I also take a look at airline security fees under the new administration. And I wonder: How low can hotel rates go? (Hint — they’re not done falling.)
Freedom! Over at our new site, Souvenirist, I’ve posted photos and a video of what happens when Mom goes away and creates a three-on-one situation. Incidentally, Kari was in New York and her return was delayed by a day thanks to the snowstorms. So the fun lasted a whole extra day!
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