To go or not to go — that is the Paris question for many travelers these days. Fortune magazine lists the most hated travel fees. And, the proposed Marriott buyout of Starwood means loyalty program changes.
An interactive map about where James Bond travelers over the years. Eight fees to avoid when cruising. Seven tips to make Thanksgiving travel easier.
Upselling — Airlines do it by quietly restricting the terms on their tickets. Cruise lines resort to good old-fashioned salesmanship. And the entire travel industry does it better, thanks to sophisticated software.
Rhonda Moret’s vacation rental in Park City, Utah, came with a few surprises. First, there was a $25 “check-in” fee when she arrived, which, though disclosed in the fine print of her contract, was unexpected. And then there was a mandatory $200 “cleaning” fee for her unit after she checked out. Neither was part of […]
What kind of hotel searches will we find on future websites? A tech article about hotels generated lots of attention within the industry. It ended with this scenario — hard to imagine, but perhaps on its way. The world of Expedia and Booking.com is not as secure as some claim that it is. With Google […]
Judge calls foul in stadium funding through rental car taxes Anyone who has rented a car recently knows that the rental rate is only the beginning. Taxes and fees can jack up the cost of the rental by more than 100 percent. I have found rental cars for less than $10 a day, but once […]
Since 2008, when American Airlines led the charge towards ancillary fees with the introduction of the first checked bag fees, consumer advocates have been working to get the airlines to fully disclose these growing fees at the same time that they disclose the airfares. Travelers United has been one of the leading consumer groups fighting […]
When you’re quoted a price for your overnight accommodations, can the property impose additional restrictions on you that essentially force you to pay a fee?
Rental car fees in Europe can have just as many gotcha’s as those in the USA. Be aware of some of the most pervasive fees and rent from a top-notch company.
Without a ticket, and the information contained on it, a traveler has no way of knowing which provisions of the tariff apply, and thus cannot enforce those terms against the airline. And the airline, of course, has no reason to tell the traveler about information on the ticket that might benefit the traveler in a dispute with the airline.