When it comes to getting advice — especially financial advice — truth can be such a relative thing. “The lies your financial advisor tells you (and how to spot them)”
The busiest summer for air travel is almost over.
But for many passengers, this flying season was the lyin’ season. Week after week, readers crammed my inbox with accusations that a flight attendant or customer service agent misrepresented the truth when they traveled.
“The truth about airline lies (can you handle it?)”
Before Brenda Galindo retired to Winterville, N.C., Continental Airlines made her a promise: The frequent flier miles she’d earned from her business travel wouldn’t expire.
“The rise of the insincere travel offer – and what to do about it”
As far as rejection letters go, the one I almost never use is unfailingly polite.
It’s apologetic. It blames a “system” in which the deck is stacked against you, the consumer, for my failure to accept a case. And it offers several other options, including small-claims court or a credit-card dispute, as possible alternatives.
But a few weeks ago on this site, I confessed that I hate using the rejection letter when someone turns to me for help as a consumer advocate.
“3 sweet lies you should thank a company for”
It’s been five short years since the airline industry, led by an ailing American Airlines, quietly stripped the ability to check your first bag at no extra cost from the price of an airline ticket — an act given the antiseptic name “unbundling.”
At about this time in 2008, passengers were beginning to adjust to a new reality, as other airlines eagerly joined in separating their luggage fees from base fares. Now, they’ve finally accepted the fee revolution, according to most experts.
An airline ticket doesn’t have to include a “free” bag or a meal, no more than a hotel room should come with the ability to use the hotel’s exercise facilities, or your rental should cover the cost of a license plate. And that’s the way it should be, they say.
Well, the experts are full of it.
““Unbundling” is a brazen lie and it’s time for the travel industry to come clean”