Are gift cards better for you — or better for the business?

Ask Richard Brigleb about gift cards, and he’ll tell you about the $200 worth of plastic for a wine store and local restaurant he just found in his kitchen drawer.
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Our money was stolen on an Overseas Adventure Travel tour — can you get it back?

Who’s responsible for the safety of your luggage when you’re on an escorted tour? If you said “the tour operator,” then let me introduce you to Ronald Chizzick, who recently returned from an Overseas Adventure Travel (OAT) escorted tour of South India. Read more “Our money was stolen on an Overseas Adventure Travel tour — can you get it back?”

How much cash should I carry when I’m traveling?

How much cash should you carry when you travel? I’ll break it down for you and help you steer clear of some truly evil fees.

Note: This is the first in a series of videos I’ll be presenting from USA Today in August, designed to help improve your consumer skills. I hope you enjoy them.

Why is US Airways so un-American?

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If you read nothing more than the headline of this story, you might think this is another rant about the evils of airline consolidation — a consolidation that, by the way, isn’t over yet.

But it isn’t. Instead, I’m thinking about how to respond to a complaint I received from Mark Ellerman, a passenger on a recent flight from Phoenix to Chicago. Actually, so are all of the volunteer advocates who work with me.

We just don’t know what to tell him.
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Is this a scam? Even a “cleared” check is never really cleared

Bob Dolan thought the $1,750 check he received from a stranger had cleared with his bank. He thought wrong — and now he believes he’s been scammed.

Has he?

Here’s the backstory: Dolan’s son wanted to sub-lease his apartment and decided to post it on Craigslist, the popular online classified site.
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