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Consumer Traveler Newsletter – October 26, 2014

Thank you for reading Consumer Traveler’s weekly newsletter. You can subscribe to our daily email newsletter here. If you do one thing with this newsletter, take this cell phone survey. Cell phones on airplanes? Regulate loyalty programs? Frequent flier miles trumping customer service? Read below for some (surprisingly?) different opinions. In our article Do we really […]


Don’t make financial mistakes which can ruin your vacation, part 1

April arrives later this week. Summer vacations start just a few months from now. Many are actively investigating summer vacation plans, while others are finalizing their travel plans. There are, of course, many ways to lower one’s costs of vacation and increase their enjoyment too, but there are also many important measures vacationers can and […]


8 lessons we can learn from the aborted flight of US Airways flight 1702

By now, you’ve likely read about US Airways flight 1702, Philadelphia (PHL) to Ft. Lauderdale (FLL), scheduled for late afternoon on March 13th. Initial news reports indicated the Airbus A320 with 149 passengers and five crew on board, blew a tire during the takeoff. With the nose gear already off the ground, the pilot aborted […]


Keep a cell phone operating during a power outage while traveling

Over the last several years in the US, major power outages have occurred due to serious weather activity affecting residents and travelers alike. In many cases, cell phones became “life-lines” for travelers needing rescue and medical assistance during the power outages despite some cellular service interruption, but only if the traveler’s cell phone had a charged battery. Ned Levi discusses methods you can use to keep you phone charged while traveling during a power outage.


Ned’s TSA holiday tips: at the airport

Last week Ned Levi discussed tips for actions you can take at home to assist you in getting through TSA security in the airport. This week Ned discusses what to do to get through TSA security with as little angst and hassle as possible once you’re at the airport.


Sunday musings: World’s tallest building, seat space vs. in-flight entertainment, mobile payments

These are some articles to make you think. By prefabricating sections of a building a Chinese construction company is planning to raise the tallest building in the world in only 90 days. Though passengers are asking for more space, airlines are packing in more travelers and providing more entertainment. Finally, get ready for mobile (cell phone) payments coming to a story near you.


What you need to know about sending your child on a plane flight alone

Sometimes parents have little choice, but to send their children to a distant location via airplane, alone, unaccompanied by a parent or other relative. Ned Levi follows up his column about serious problems of Chloe Boyce’s Southwest Airlines trip, unaccompanied by her mother, with information and suggestions about sending your child on a plane flight alone.