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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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    Travelers United helped 15,000+ travelers last year — Join us, travelers helping travelers

Travelers United helped 15,000+ travelers last year — Join us, travelers helping travelers

Travelers United helped more than 15,000 travelers last year with problems ranging from unjust airline change fees to cruise cancellation fees.

10 secrets for stretching your dollar in Europe this summer

If travelers follow these rules, they can maximize savings on a dream vacation through Europe for about the same as a visit to a big US city.

Join the Travelers United revolution now!

Today, Travelers United is calling for travelers to join together to start a new revolution.
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    Should US law protect cruise clients on cruises departing from US ports?

Should US law protect cruise clients on cruises departing from US ports?

The battle to add protections to cruise passengers against crimes at sea and add passenger protections to cruises faces rough seas.

DOT—Don’t keep stalling competition across the Atlantic

Isn’t it about time that some low cost airlines start flying between the US and Europe with a significant network of flights?
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    Is Uber the future of urban transport – or is it a menace?

Is Uber the future of urban transport – or is it a menace?

Should car-sharing operators brought together through Uber.com and Lyft.com be regulated just like taxicabs and limousine operators?
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    TSA defies Congress, duns consumers with increased security fees

TSA defies Congress, duns consumers with increased security fees

TSA has decided to defy the will of Congress, airline consumers and the aviation community as it implements the collection of the recently increased 9/11 Security Fee.

Does Airbnb.com need regulating?

It is not easy being a disrupter, organized to share, when it comes to long-established, highly regulated businesses like hotels and taxis.
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    What’s better for traveling in Europe — train or rental car?

What’s better for traveling in Europe — train or rental car?

The truth is, there’s no “best way” to travel through Europe. Sometimes it’s better to rent a car, and sometimes it’s better to hop on the train. Here are 10 European travel situations, with advice on which way to go.
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    When are passengers going to see new air traffic control benefits?

When are passengers going to see new air traffic control benefits?

Though technology has changed for the rest of the world, our aviation system is still mired in the past. As many may or may not know, the air traffic control system in America is cobbled together with a collection of 1950 and 1960 technology.