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.

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Please complete this GWU Travel and Tourism travel amenity survey

This survey is one of a series of surveys being done in conjunction with Travelers United and the George Washington University’s Travel and Tourism Department. The focus is on travel amenities. Again, if you have any comments on the survey and its questions, please add them to the comments section below. This is an educational […]

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What we’re reading: Las Vegas Strip is most visited attraction, Spirit Airlines may add Miami flights, how old is your plane?

Las Vegas Strip is most visited attraction, Spirit Airlines may add Miami flights, how old is your plane?

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Please complete this reader persona survey done in conjunction with GWU Travel and Tourism Department

ConsumerTraveler.com is working with George Washington University to survey our readers and create a readership persona. Please click through here to complete the survey.

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Top 10 stone-carved sites on the planet

This list comes from Cheapflights.com which publishes a regular collection of Top 10 lists. This group of amazing stone carvings is a bit out of the ordinary and sheds light on a different group of sights that can provide a reason to visit out-of-the-way places.

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Are airlines being held to a different advertising standard than other consumer products industries?

Airlines assert that a U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) requirement that they prominently display the full price of an airline ticket (base fare, taxes, fees) in a print or online advertisement treats them differently than other industries. They are correct. There is a reason. They are treated differently on many different levels.

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What we’re reading: 10 courses every golfer should play, in-flight Wi-Fi spying capabilities, US upgrades Philippines aviation status, TSA Passover matzoh tips

10 courses every golfer should play, GoGo inflight wifi adds more spying capabilities, US upgrades Philippines status

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Representatives who should know better drink airline “price transparency Kool-Aid”

Today, an anti-consumer bill about airline pricing was marked up by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Amazingly, the bill was introduces with bipartisan backing from some of the Democrats’ supposedly top consumer-friendly legislators. The bipartisan cabal of representatives added a most Orwellian name to the bill, “The Airfare Transparency Act of 2014.” This bill does nothing to help transparency. It only allows airlines to make understanding the full price of travel more difficult.

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What we’re reading: Avoid Newark airport this summer, PHX bus drivers strike, TSA denies boarding to disabled passenger

Try to avoid Newark airport this summer, PHX airport bus drivers strike, TSA denies boarding to disabled passenger

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When all else fails — read the darn rules

No one likes paying unnecessary travel penalties. And, travel agents and consumer advocates do our best to help when travelers are unjustly charged. Unfortunately, while suppliers can and do make mistakes, there are many times when the problem could have been avoided in the first place if the travelers actually paid attention and read the contract before they put money down.

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