Is car rental insurance a scam?

Allen Friedman was surprised to see an extra $215 for insurance and $53 for “roadside assistance” added to his bill – charges Dollar insisted were legitimate because it said he had signed an agreement asking for the additional coverage.

Weekend what we’re reading: Taxes and more taxes, unhappy hotel customers, no-sense airport code names

This weekend we take a break from airline articles (well, we do deal with airport codes). First, here is an article that deals with taxation of tourists — taxation without representation, if there ever was any. The next article covers the effects of hotel ownership on customer service. Finally, a piece that explains how we ended up with such whacky airport codes here and there.