It’s been a wild year for travel. What’s ahead for 2018?

Travel bans. Shootings. Viral passenger videos.

No one will forget the past year in travel. How could they? But what does it all mean for your 2018 trips? Read more “It’s been a wild year for travel. What’s ahead for 2018?”

Senator to Federal Trade Commission: Stop car rental “convenience” fees!

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is being asked to investigate car rental “convenience” fees, a step that could lead to stricter regulation of these unwanted — and often undisclosed — extras. Read more “Senator to Federal Trade Commission: Stop car rental “convenience” fees!”

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?
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Federal government wraps up quiet year for traveler protections

Government fines against airlines for consumer rule violations are on track to hit a six-year low as the U.S. Department of Transportation’s enforcement actions shift from punishment to preventing infractions. With only a few weeks left in 2014, the DOT has issued 23 consent orders that assess $2.6 million in penalties — $4.5 million less than last year. That’s the same number as in 2009.
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Surrounded by impostors, what’s a consumer to do?

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You’re surrounded by fakes. The clothes you wear could be fake. The money you use? Not real, maybe. Even your “friends” on social media are sometimes fake.

What’s a consumer to do?

We’ve had a lively conversation about authenticity during the last two weeks, dissecting the problem of counterfeit electronics and phone cards. But as it turns out, the problem runs much deeper.

Fakes are everywhere.
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