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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.
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    What we’re reading: TSA: Spotting terrorists, fuel cost dives and airfares fly, CBP kiosk issues

What we’re reading: TSA: Spotting terrorists, fuel cost dives and airfares fly, CBP kiosk issues

TSA's terrorist checklist revealed, when oil prices drop and airfares rise there is too much consolidation in aviation, customs and border protection kiosk issues
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    Sunday musings: Scariest tourist trail, Best economy seats, Chicago museums

Sunday musings: Scariest tourist trail, Best economy seats, Chicago museums

Now, a beautiful walk down what was once the world's most dangerous trail. The best of economy class in the air. Chicago's best museums.

Charlie Leocha on CNBC talks fuel costs vs. airfares

Charlie Leocha, Chairman Travelers United, and Gordon Bethune, ex-CEO of Continental Airlines, debate the fuel costs vs. airfare issue on CNBC.

Delta Air Lines — going the extra anti-consumer mile

This airline is at the forefront of anti-consumer behavior. It is focused on limiting airline competition, transparency and consumer price comparison.
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    What the battle between the Big 3 US Airlines and the Gulf carriers means to consumers

What the battle between the Big 3 US Airlines and the Gulf carriers means to consumers

The the Big 3 US airlines made a mistake and did not see the explosive growth coming from the southern hemisphere.
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    Sunday musings: TripAdvisor world, shaming airlines, car-free cities

Sunday musings: TripAdvisor world, shaming airlines, car-free cities

The TripAdvisor-effect boosts the good and punished bad. Shaming airlines into doing the right thing. Creating car-free cities (or at least city centers).
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    What we’re reading: Ryanair plans US-Europe flights, Google Flights shows Wi-Fi, “No” to airport fees

What we’re reading: Ryanair plans US-Europe flights, Google Flights shows Wi-Fi, “No” to airport fees

Ryanair plans transatlantic flights, Google Flight Search makes planes with WiFi searchable, consumers nix increases in airport fee increase.
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    Sunday musings: Biking Rte. 66, Drone film festival, US/Gulf airline competition

Sunday musings: Biking Rte. 66, Drone film festival, US/Gulf airline competition

We look at Rte. 66 from the cyclist's point of view, then examine the growing world of UAV films and how international competition helps consumers with service and pricing.
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12 major travel sites reveal how to save

Here are a dozen tips. They are easy reading and good, basic information. Though written for Spring Break, these tips apply all year long.

Dancing drones (UAVs), poetry in illegal motion

The magic of unmanned aerial vehicles can only come alive if the FAA begins to let go of their draconian grip on the industry in the USA. We need common-sense rules.