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• Chris Elliott’s help desk — the country’s largest volunteer, consumer travel help desk with more than 15,000 answers to queries and complaints.
• The 24-hour rule which allows passengers to cancel or change problem airline tickets and the full-airfare rule, which requires the advertised price to be the price for which airline tickets can be purchased.
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• A dramatic change that lets travelers know hotel resort fees when customers check in, rather than when they see the bill.

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The latest from Consumer Traveler

With these fees, it’s not necessarily better in the Bahamas
For the fiscal 2014/15 year, the Bahamas expects to collect $125 million in tourism taxes. Where are they going?

Are horse-drawn carriages on their last legs in New York City?
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has vowed to ban horse-drawn carriages and replace them with electric open-air carriages.

Shouldn’t Internet access be free at all hotels?
Why is it that economy hotels have free in-room Internet access and luxury hotels charge for the service?

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?

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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