Car rental absurdities I’d change if I could

Not a day seems to go by that I don’t hear from an angry car rental customer — folks like Craig Solomon, who rented a car in England from Avis for two weeks recently.

“Toward the end of the rental one of the tires blew out,” he says. “It ultimately cost about $500 to replace, and Avis has been unwilling to date to accept the responsibility.”

The way Solomon sees it, Avis should have rented him a car with good tires. He wasn’t taking the vehicle off-roading, and had driven it safely and never gotten so much as a parking ticket.
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The travel industry is finally ending discrimination against solo travelers. Or is it?

Solo travelers, you already know this: You pay more.

Hotel rates, cruise-ticket prices and tours quote rates based on double occupancy. Go alone and you’ll pay a single supplement that can double the cost of your vacation. Read more “The travel industry is finally ending discrimination against solo travelers. Or is it?”

Did Hotels.com bamboozle this traveler?

Tina Landess Petrich thinks Hotels.com “bamboozled” her. She contacted our advocacy team after she booked a two-night stay in Venice at a special nonrefundable rate. But “seconds” after she pressed confirm, she noticed hefty additional fees included in the total.

Has she been the victim of a scam? Read more “Did Hotels.com bamboozle this traveler?”

All I want for Christmas is a little honesty from the travel industry

What do you want for the holidays? If you’re Paulina Want, how about a little honesty? Read more “All I want for Christmas is a little honesty from the travel industry”

Just say no: If travelers refused to pay fees

If enough travelers stopped paying the travel industry’s infuriating surcharges and fees, would the unwanted add-ons simply disappear? Would extra charges for checked luggage, ticket change fees and mandatory hotel resort fees vanish into thin air? Read more “Just say no: If travelers refused to pay fees”

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