How to win the war on wrinkled clothes

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more frivolous travel topic than wrinkles. But I’m willing to bet that the longer you spend on the road, the less you’re laughing. Read more “How to win the war on wrinkled clothes”

12 ways to prevent your bags from being lost, stolen or mishandled

Last year, domestic airlines collected more than $3.5 billion in luggage fees, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. During that time, airlines carried about 580 million passengers, and mishandled (damaged, lost, delayed, pilfered bag and/or contents) approximately 2.1 million passengers’ checked bags.
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12 things you shouldn’t do in 2012

They say 2012 is the year of the apocalypse, and while preventing the end of the world is beyond the power of this consumer advocate, there is one disaster I can definitely help you avoid: The apocalypse of your bank account.

Shady businesses are coming for your money, and they are developing more sophisticated ways of extracting it from your wallet and purse. I know because I spent most of this year researching a book about consumer scams.

Here are 12 things you should never ever do as a consumer if you want to avoid having a scammer or an unscrupulous company clear out your bank account.
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With vacation travel up this summer, what are the best travel tips?

Nothing — not higher gas prices, not soaring airfares, not climbing hotel rates — seems to be keeping travelers off the road this summer.

Offering them useful travel advice? That’s something of a roadblock, it turns out.

Close to 35 million Americans traveled over the Memorial Day weekend, mostly by car, according to the AAA. That’s about 100,000 travelers more than last year, which to many suggests a fairly busy summer season ahead.
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