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    Do mobile payment systems like ApplePay make sense for travelers?

Do mobile payment systems like ApplePay make sense for travelers?

There are currently a number of mobile payment systems available for travelers which could diminish problems they might encounter due to stolen or compromised credit cards, but no top quality system works outside of their home country, but that looks like it will change in 2015.
By |November 17th, 2014|Getting there|6 Comments|

Travel theft: smartphones are the #1 target

Smartphones for travel, especially international travel, have almost become de rigueur. Ned Levi discusses the issues and problems of smartphone thefts for travelers, and how to prevent it, as much as possible.
By |April 14th, 2014|Columns|6 Comments|

Don’t make financial mistakes which can ruin your vacation, part 2

Purchasing a summer vacation well, by carefully making vacation choices, and reservations is only the beginning of carefully considering vacation financial issues. In part 2 of this series, Ned Levi discusses more of the potential financial mistakes vacationers can make and how to avoid them.
By |April 7th, 2014|Columns|5 Comments|

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

Purchasing a summer vacation well, by carefully making vacation choices, and reservations is only the beginning of carefully considering vacation financial issues. Ned Levi discusses many of the potential financial mistakes vacationers can make and how to avoid them.
By |March 31st, 2014|Columns|13 Comments|

Are e-checks a safe way to pay for travel?

As she paged through Viking River Cruises’ glossy brochure one recent afternoon, Diane Moskal noticed a new way to save money: If she booked the Waterways of the Tsars itinerary sailing from Moscow to St. Petersburg with something called an e-check, the cruise line promised to knock $100 off the fare.
By |February 25th, 2014|Today|4 Comments|

Keep us posted on that refund

American European Travel’s nine-day ancient Turkey tour looked like the perfect birthday gift for David Olson’s wife, Barbara. With stops in Istanbul, Ephesus and Pamukkale, it fulfilled a lifelong dream of visiting the old Ottoman Empire.

When your credit card gets compromised at a hotel

A day after Sheilah Reardon checked into the Bellagio Las Vegas, she received an e-mail alert from American Express warning that her credit card had been compromised. Among the fraudulent charges: a $67 bill from an online memorabilia store.

They confiscated 201,780 points — can you help me get them back?

When Chase closes Robert Weisberg’s account and confiscates 201,000 points, he’s told he is out of options. But is he? The Travel Troubleshooter investigates.

Don’t be a pickpocket victim in Paris and the Louvre

The Louvre Museum was shutdown by a walkout of employees protesting the aggressive gangs of pickpockets targeting both visitors and staff. Ned Levi discusses pickpocketing in Paris generally, and how to avoid being a pickpocketing victim.
By |April 15th, 2013|Columns|10 Comments|

When you check in, your privacy may check out

Hotels may have compromised much credit card information. At least one government agency shares that concern. The FTC claims, hundreds of thousands of credit card numbers fall into the wrong hands, leading to millions of dollars in fraud-related losses.