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What you need to know this week

Become a founding member of Travelers United, a new membership organization built on the principle of travelers helping travelers. For $20 a year, you will become part of an organization that is improving travel, assisting travelers in need and representing the general traveler with the powers that be in Washington, DC.

You are already enjoying some of the benefits of our work, including:

• The 24-hour rule which allows passengers to cancel or change problem airline tickets.
• The full-airfare rule, which requires the advertised price to be the price for which airline tickets can be purchased.
• Increased compensation, up to $1,300 when passengers are faced with denied boarding or bumping.
• Higher liability rules for lost and damaged luggage, up to $3,400 on domestic flights, plus a refund of baggage fees.
• Chris Elliott’s help desk — the country’s largest volunteer, consumer travel help desk.

Check us out at  Travelersunited.org and join together with us to take positive and effective steps toward making travel better.

We are over 126,000 signatures in our online campaign! Don’t forget to sign that Change.org petition that asks Congress to keep truth-in-advertising laws in place! Please help us reach the next milestone: 250,000 signatures. And if you have already signed it, please forward to a friend!

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The latest from Consumer Traveler

What the &#** is wrong with loyalty programs?
Loyalty programs must be more tightly regulated by law, and in some cases, banned outright. Fortunately, there’s some good news on that front.

Is it ethical to use only half of your airline ticket?
The airline industry is perhaps the only industry in America that gets away with rules that say you have to pay for trips you don’t take.

Is it time to ban smoking at casinos?
In my experience, smoke permeates every area in most every casino-hotel which permits any smoking in their casinos.

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.

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