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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: Hotel satisfaction rises, luggage tactics, airline profits up and service down

Sunday musings: Hotel satisfaction rises, luggage tactics, airline profits up and service down

J.D. Power Reports: Hotel satisfaction reaches record high

Even with hotel fees rising and room rates increasing, it seems that

What is the big deal about personalization of airfares?

What do you want? Airlines deciding on personalized airfares and fees based on your data? Or, you, making choices from a menu of options?
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    Rep. DeFazio comments on and misquotes his misguided Transparent Airfares Act

Rep. DeFazio comments on and misquotes his misguided Transparent Airfares Act

The way the anti-consumer Transparent Airfares Act was passed by the House of Representatives is absolutely shameful.

Knee Defender airline battle — who do you think is right?

Who has more right to the space? The woman who wanted to recline? Or, the businessman who wanted to have room to work?
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    Sunday musings: Austrian “culture advice,” Flying is still safe, 7 top airports,

Sunday musings: Austrian “culture advice,” Flying is still safe, 7 top airports,

Should tourists get "cultural advice"? Is flying still safe? 7 top airports
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    Travelers United and Business Travel Coalition duel with airlines in Pittsburgh media

Travelers United and Business Travel Coalition duel with airlines in Pittsburgh media

An op-ed in the local paper of the Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee gets a rise from the DC Airline Association. Here's the editorial battle.

Why privacy is important for travelers

It doesn't take much consideration to realize that the security of your travel data is important, very important.
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    Sunday musings: Air Traffic Control to music, London to Vienna visually, LCCs go international

Sunday musings: Air Traffic Control to music, London to Vienna visually, LCCs go international

The new air traffic possibilities put to music, a train ride from London to Vienna and long range international low cost airlines. A potent brew.
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    Tourism Videos: Exploring Canada, Catalan Coast, Coca for altitude, Cool Holland

Tourism Videos: Exploring Canada, Catalan Coast, Coca for altitude, Cool Holland

Great fun with creative advertisements. These companies are spending money in the right places.

Stop dressing police and TSA like storm troopers

The closest that most Americans come to feeling the oppression of police is at TSA airport checkpoints. No one enjoys the experience.