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About Charlie Leocha

Charles Leocha is a nationally recognized expert on affordable travel and the publisher of Consumer Traveler. He is the author of Travel Rights and a series of guidebooks covering the USA and Europe. In 2009 he founded the Consumer Travel Alliance together with Christopher Elliott. It was renamed Travelers United in 2014. During his time with Travelers United, he has testified regularly before Congress and serves on consumer advisory committees with DOT and TSA.

Splendor of Longwood Gardens and nearby Pennsylvania

As spring was fading and this year’s tulips were looking worn, I took the opportunity to go to Longwood

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    Consumers say “No” to increases in government fees and taxes on air travel

Consumers say “No” to increases in government fees and taxes on air travel

Travelers United outlines its objections to increases in passenger facility charges, that fund airports from passengers, and to increases in other government fees like customs and agriculture inspection fees.
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    Sunday musings: Pesticides on planes, pathetic airline service, hated resort fees

Sunday musings: Pesticides on planes, pathetic airline service, hated resort fees

Should pesticides be sprayed on planes? Predictions of pathetic airline oligopoly practices were forecast more than a year ago.
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    Sunday musings: The death of Venice? RRs delay safety, Gender app rates communication

Sunday musings: The death of Venice? RRs delay safety, Gender app rates communication

Is Venice dying? It certainly is changing for better or worse, depending on who is ranting. Railroads delay safety investments, and a new Gender app rates male/female communication.

Pet peeves and habits behind the wheel

Expedia's 2015 Road Rage Report highlights drivers' pet peeves from texters and tailgaters to irritating passengers from back-seat drivers to shoe-removers.

High-beam on headlight limitations

AAA tested halogen, high intensity discharge (HID) and light emitting diode (LED) headlights. Some fail to safely illuminate unlit roadways at speeds as low as 40 mph.
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    Scenic airports, new mistaken airfare rules, avoid summer delays

Scenic airports, new mistaken airfare rules, avoid summer delays

A list of ten very scenic airports, DOT gives airlines a break with new mistaken airfare rules, avoid summer delays by flying smart.

Benefits of Open Skies Agreements

Travelers United has been steadfast in our belief that airline consumers need a free market that will ultimately work to the passengers’ benefit. Open Skies does just that.
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    Robot room service, DUFL changes packing, legroom vs. safety

Robot room service, DUFL changes packing, legroom vs. safety

Hotel room service by robot is being tested. A startup takes on luggage packing for business travelers. A DOT committee looks at tighter legroom and what it means for safety.