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What’s ahead for hotel guests in 2018? Expect surprises

Mandatory “resort fees” mushroomed last year, even as hotels added new charges for all kinds of things, including cancellations and late checkouts. With pressure to squeeze even more profit from...

DATE: Dec. 31, 2017 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

Unpacking travelers’ frequently asked questions about flying with luggage

When you fly, almost nothing about your luggage makes sense. Think about it. Why, for example, does baggage have to be black? Why are overhead bins so small? Why do ramp workers throw your checked...

DATE: Dec. 24, 2017 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

After a wild year for travel, what lies ahead in 2018?

Travel bans. Shootings. Viral passenger videos. No one will forget the past year in travel. How could they? But what does it all mean for your 2018 trips? “These are interesting times,” says...

DATE: Dec. 17, 2017 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

Is a drop in airline fines bad for flyers?

If it seems as if airlines are getting away with more passenger-unfriendly behavior, maybe it’s because they are. The Aviation Consumer Protection Division of the Department of Transportation,...

DATE: Dec. 10, 2017 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

When you leave a tip – whether you want to or not

David Mitroff’s favorite restaurants in New York and San Francisco now quietly add an 18 percent tip to his final bill – before he even has a chance to consider a gratuity. Automatic tips have also...

DATE: Dec. 3, 2017 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

While flying, keep a handle on your suitcase with a luggage tag

Hey, you – you with the nondescript black suitcase! Don’t let your luggage leave your home tagless. It could be making a one-way trip. Luggage tags set your property apart from the masses of...

DATE: Nov. 26, 2017 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

In time for the holidays, a seasonal primer on luggage etiquette

It’s the season of the squeeze. That should require absolutely no explanation, but just in case: Picture thousands of stressed-out holiday travelers in airport terminals, train stations and bus...

DATE: Nov. 19, 2017 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

Extra fees increase airline revenue – and consumers’ ire

A recent U.S. Government Accountability Office report revealed that domestic air carriers collected $7.1 billion in revenue from checked-bag and changed-reservations fees last year. The extra...

DATE: Nov. 12, 2017 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

When is the best time to book your vacation?

When’s the right time to book your next vacation? At the peak of travel-planning season, that’s a common question. This is the time of year when everything from holiday trips to spring-break...

DATE: Nov. 5, 2017 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

How to tell if you have a qualified travel agent

Yarisa Smith knows she has a good travel agent. “He’s made cruises and European trips special,” says Smith, a manufacturer’s representative from Dallas. “His itineraries and attention to detail...

DATE: Oct. 29, 2017 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

How climate change is affecting travel – and what you can do about it

When Kimberly Button drove her RV to Glacier National Park in Montana this summer, she expected relief from her muggy hometown of Orlando, Florida. “We assumed that we’d have mild temperatures,”...

DATE: Oct. 22, 2017 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

If hotel alarm clocks tick you off, you’re not alone

Mention alarm clocks to a frequent hotel guest, and you’ll probably get an earful. Those ever-present digital clock radios frequently evoke feelings of confusion, frustration and even rage. Why?...

DATE: Oct. 15, 2017 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

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