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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.

Charlie’s “Most Romantic in America”

Romance is a yearlong proposal. Every successful couple I know seeks out a bit of romance on every trip

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    Sunday musings: Bike share as public transportation, consequences of cheap gas, fake engine noise

Sunday musings: Bike share as public transportation, consequences of cheap gas, fake engine noise

Musing about: Bike sharing programs as public transportation. Low gas prices vs. the environmnet. Fake muscle car engine sounds.
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    What we’re watching: Playing for Change, Sprucing up TSA in Oakland, Louisiana, Bird’s eye view of London

What we’re watching: Playing for Change, Sprucing up TSA in Oakland, Louisiana, Bird’s eye view of London

We watch music for change, then see Oakland's new TSA checkpoint. Glide across the waters of Southwestern Louisiana and soar over London.
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Delta Airline’s trifecta of anti-consumer behavior

Delta Air Lines is engaged in an unprecedented attack on airline consumers. Delta will not disclose extra fees, are restricting publication of airfares and defying DOT rules.
By |February 6th, 2015|Today|0 Comments|
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    Sunday musings: A love for gas guzzlers, jaywalking, instant translations

Sunday musings: A love for gas guzzlers, jaywalking, instant translations

Americans love gas guzzlers — the proof. How car companies invented jaywalking. And, new translation software may kill language phrase books.
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    What we’re watching: Port City Sound, Airbus flight formation, Boston snow removal

What we’re watching: Port City Sound, Airbus flight formation, Boston snow removal

We hear a barbershop quartet sing, we see Airbus jets fly in formation and new software brings efficiency to Boston's snowplow operations.

Consumer leaders to airline CEOs: Cut airfares, now!

Prices are plummeting at gas pumps every day, yet airfares have remained steady or even increased over the past

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    Sunday musings: How commercial flight has changed over 100 years

Sunday musings: How commercial flight has changed over 100 years

Here is a fascinating infographic that serves up 100 years of flight. It was created by Icelandair and provides a lot to think about from costs of flying to speeds of travel and from glamor to being packed into planes like sardines.
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    Delta Air Lines disputes DOT fines after misleading and deceiving consumers

Delta Air Lines disputes DOT fines after misleading and deceiving consumers

Delta Air Lines is contesting a fine imposed by the Department of Transportation (DOT). The fine was imposed for

Dear new Congress, Don’t forget travel competition

Congress should take a look at enhancing competition in the aviation market. Airlines and their unions are looking to squelch competition at the consumers' expense.