Christopher Elliott

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Frequent-flier programs could face tighter rules – if you speak up

The federal government is on the verge of regulating airline frequent-flier programs. But how far it goes may depend on you. Earlier this summer, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of...

DATE: Aug. 10, 2016 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

Travel sites hiding cheapest rates for hotels

At first, to Christine Compo-Martin, the search results looked like a mistake. As she queried the site for a hotel room in Philadelphia, she found properties without photos. “Honestly,...

DATE: Aug. 6, 2016 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

Saucy airline emails border on the creepy

After booking her first JetBlue flight recently, Kathie Baker was stunned by the confirmation email. “First dates can be a little awkward,” it declared. “But that seems impossible with someone like...

DATE: July 30, 2016 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

How to avoid the worst seat on the plane

Oh, the things passengers do to avoid the worst seats on the plane. They beg. They negotiate. They even lie. If you’re flying somewhere this summer and aren’t willing to pay extra for a preferred...

DATE: July 16, 2016 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

Small tricks to bypass long lines, crowds this summer

Mad about long lines? Take a number. More than 1 in 5 Americans will cancel their summer travel plans or find other means of transportation because of long airport lines, according to a recent...

DATE: July 9, 2016 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

Orlando copes with aftermath of 3 tragedies

Eva Dickerson’s recent Orlando visit ended on a less-than-magical note. Her family vacation coincided with the shocking murder there of singer Christina Grimmie. Over the next few days, a mass...

DATE: July 2, 2016 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

Those hidden resort fees may disappear

An alarming rise in mandatory resort fees is pushing the Federal Trade Commission to consider a change to its 4-year-old policy on the controversial surcharges. In 2012, the federal government’s...

DATE: June 25, 2016 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

Americans going overseas choose subdued clothes to blend in

Sue Groenewegen is dressing conservatively. Dan Church plans to blend in. And Robin Smith is wearing “less bling.” It was bound to happen, with all the recent incidents of terrorism and dire State...

DATE: June 17, 2016 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

Limit your wait in airport security lines

You know that part of your vacation where you hold your breath and hope for the best? It used to happen just before the plane landed, in that precarious moment between heaven and earth. But...

DATE: June 11, 2016 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

How to avoid overpaying for your rental car

When you rent a car this summer, don’t look for one price. Look for three. There’s the low rate you’re quoted when you’re shopping for wheels, the final and more expensive rate after all required...

DATE: June 4, 2016 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

Does Norwegian Air offer a better way to fly?

Affordable. Comfortable. On time. Those are just some of the words Norwegian Air passengers are using to describe the discount airline, which is patiently waiting for a foreign air carrier permit...

DATE: May 28, 2016 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

Headphones are your key to sanity on noisy flights

You probably have a lot in common with Rick Brunson. OK, maybe you’re not an information technology consultant, and maybe you don’t live in Barnesville, Georgia. But you probably don’t like lots of...

DATE: May 21, 2016 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

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