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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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    Sunday musings: TSA Genius video, knowing travel rights, travel fees to avoid

Sunday musings: TSA Genius video, knowing travel rights, travel fees to avoid

Enjoy a spoof about TSA. Be aware of your rights as a traveler — it easier to consider than do. And, here are six travel fees that hit travelers when flying, renting cars or staying in hotels.
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To airlines — In 2015, let competition thrive

The airline industry is fighting disclosure of extra fees making comparison shopping impossible. Delta is restricting publication of its airfares. And, US airlines are fighting new international flights.

In 2015 tell consumers the whole truth about travel costs

Truth is the New Years resolution that Travelers United works every day to fulfill with legislators, regulators and the travel industry honchos. Clear pricing allows travel consumers to comparison shop.
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    Sunday Musings: Live like an Italian, Dali disturbing Christmas, we all want airline fee transparency

Sunday Musings: Live like an Italian, Dali disturbing Christmas, we all want airline fee transparency

Learning to live like Italians will add another dimension to life, Salvador Dali didn't mix with Christmas in 1960, and airlines are still grinches when it comes to airline fee transparency.
By |December 28th, 2014|Musings|0 Comments|
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    Mountain-town hotel, Unusual winter breaks, Cuba tourism thrives

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

A hotel breaths life into an abandoned village in Italy, 10 wonderful European winter escapes that don't involve skiing, and a look at Cuba's travel and tourism market that thrives in spite of the US emabargo.

What?! No Christmas gifts from my airline?

Anyone expecting gifts from the airlines this year were sorely disappointed, unless they were stockholders or ultra-elite fliers. The rest of their passengers, especially those in coach, got big lumps of coal.
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    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year — may our many voices be heard

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year — may our many voices be heard

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to our readers in as many foreign languages as we can find. May

By |December 25th, 2014|Today|0 Comments|
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    Merry Christmas in lights, ads, voices, airlines, supermarkets, Vienna and Santa Lucia

Merry Christmas in lights, ads, voices, airlines, supermarkets, Vienna and Santa Lucia

A collection of recent Christmas videos portraying the joy of lights, giving, singing, receiving and the beauty of traditions in travel to fill a quiet Christmas Eve moment.
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    Sunday musings: Limits on personalized license plates, Mobile wallet drivers license, LA taxis vs. Uber

Sunday musings: Limits on personalized license plates, Mobile wallet drivers license, LA taxis vs. Uber

Limitations on vanity license plates, Uber and the LA Taxi Commissioner stake out their ground, and drivers licenses take a step toward becoming paperless.
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Airlines howl about taxes, but they don’t pay them

As we come into the holiday season when the spirit of giving spreads across the world, airlines are doing all of the taking and none of the gift-giving. Their plans are being hatched to give even less in the future.