How long is too long? Is it time to regulate airline baggage delivery?

For most travelers, with most carriers, the days of free checked baggage are long gone. But, while the traveling public seems to have accepted baggage fees, one would think that along with the fees at least some level of service would become standard. Alas, for now, one would be wrong. Alaska Airlines does stand out […]

Should car rental companies profit from toll roads?

Crossing the Golden Gate bridge is the driving highlight of any visit to Northern California. But not for Claudia Moore. The mile-long suspension bridge between San Francisco and Marin County last year switched to “all-electronic” tolling. Moore, an educational website developer in Denver, didn’t have to slow down her rental to pay the $7 fee. […]

Google and Microsoft join the fight against Marriott blocking guests’ MIFI

I’ve stayed at hotels that charge $20/day or more for high speed Internet access, charge extra to connect more than two devices per room, and had high speed Internet in name only, unless you paid an extra fee for “real” high speed. To eliminate those issues I use a personal cellular mobile Wi-Fi hotspot (MIFI). […]

Newsletter – December 28, 2014

Thank you for reading Consumer Traveler/Travelers United weekly newsletter. You can subscribe to our daily email newsletter here. A week in review: No Christmas gifts from airlines, Making connecting flights, Automobile voice command systems All I want for Christmas is my two extra inches of legroom, more competition for airlines, disclosure of ancillary fees.  What?! No Christmas […]

Mountain-town hotel, Unusual winter breaks, Cuba tourism thrives

This used to be a village from the Middle Ages. Today, it’s one of the coolest places on earth. Enjoy these photos of a town deep in the countryside of Matera, Italy, perched on a hilltop. An abandoned town has been reconstructed as a luxury hotel bringing life to a dead town once again. Where […]

What?! No Christmas gifts from my airline?

It’s the day after Christmas and as I surveyed the splay of Christmas wrapping, boxes, ribbons, bows, unwrapped socks and shirts, puzzles and gifted bottles of wine under the tree, I knew I had a lot for which to be thankful. But, there were no gifts from airlines this Christmas; I would have appreciated one […]