FTC acts on disclosure of resort fees

Consumer pressure works. The FTC sent letters to 22 hotel operators noting that, “their online reservation sites may violate the law by providing a deceptively low estimate of what consumers can expect to pay for their hotel rooms.” They are speaking about resort fees. This is the government’s first shot across the hotels’ bows. We’ll see how they react.

After the storm, who has your refund?

A traveler made a reservation canceled because of a storm. The hotel would be happy to cancel his reservation, he was told, but because he’d made the booking through Expedia, a refund would be up to the agency. Expedia wouldn’t give him his money, citing its published refund policy.

Ned’s 2012 annual holiday gift list for savvy travelers

It’s holiday time again, time for shopping for your favorite traveler. Ned Levi offers his 2012 annual top holiday gift list for travelers. In the list you’ll find 8 great gift choices for travelers, in a wide price range from $7.50 to $299.95.