The Travel Troubleshooter: Snared by the Mexican insurance scam

Ah, the old Mexican insurance scam! Regular readers of this column already know about this one. It goes something like this: You rent a car south of the border, believing the rate you’ve been quoted includes all mandatory charges. But wait. When you get to the car rental counter, an associate tells you that without insurance, you’re not going anywhere. So you pay.

Southwest launches partnership to Mexico

Southwest Airlines is dipping its toe into the international market by partnering with with Volaris, Mexico’s second-largest airline. This arrangement is not a code-sharing arrangement that pretends Southwest has started Mexico service, but an hybrid, interline arrangement that allows seamless booking and transfer of baggage.