Christopher Elliott

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About: Christopher Elliott is the ombudsman for National Geographic Traveler magazine. You can read more travel tips on his blog,

How to travel with kids: 300 days on the road

You don’t have to spend 300 days a year on the road with your kids to know the ins and outs of family travel. But it helps. That’s no exaggeration, by the way. Last year, we clocked about 40,000...

DATE: June 17, 2016 | CATEGORY: Travel

Gross things can happen to good passengers

For Ryan Karas and Lindsi Stinson, it was blood. For Angela Rauen, it was urine. And for Linda Cannon, vomit. All four of the airline passengers say they were confronted by a biohazard when they...

DATE: Sept. 20, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

Air travelers, let your voices be heard

The federal government is giving travelers an extra month to comment about proposed new consumer rules for airline passengers.You now have until Sept. 23 to let the Transportation Department know...

DATE: Sept. 4, 2010 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

Travel complaints that fail: E-mails you should never write

What kind of a complainer are you?Maybe you’re the squeaky wheel – the guest who keeps writing back over and over, even after you’ve been told “no” in a dozen different ways. Or maybe your...

DATE: Aug. 28, 2010 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

Shorter vacations? Tighter budgets?

When Roger Bell takes a vacation, he normally flies to a national park or visits friends up north for two weeks. But like many Americans, Bell, a Woodstock, Ga.-based technical writer, lost his job...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2010 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

What's next for airlines, paying by the pound?

Now that Spirit Airlines has done the unthinkable, announcing plans to begin charging for carry-on bags this summer -that's right, carry-on bags - the question everyone seems to be asking is:...

DATE: May 1, 2010 | CATEGORY: Travel

Questions most frequently asked by travelers

David Harm is worried about his wife's ticket to Omsk, Russia.When he made her reservation through Aeroflot's Web site, his finger slipped - “I hit the 'L' key instead of the 'K'key" - and...

DATE: Feb. 7, 2010 | CATEGORY: Travel

Travelers can find cheaper rental rate away from airport

The best rate Darren Popik could find on a weekend car rental at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport recently was$114. So he decided to look elsewhere.Popik, a Los Angeles-based blogger, widened...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2010 | CATEGORY: Travel

Help! My car rental company is taking me to court

Q: We recently rented a car through Hertz in Scotland. When we returned the vehicle, we asked a representative if he wanted to inspect it. He declined.To our surprise, we later found a $250 charge...

DATE: Nov. 15, 2009 | CATEGORY: Travel

Why does one day less cost me three times more?

Q: My car rental company has more than tripled the rate it charged me, and I don’t know what to do. I had prepaid $390 for the car through Alamo’s Web site. When my flight was canceled, I called...

DATE: Oct. 17, 2009 | CATEGORY: Travel

Air Chapter 11: Five tips on how to survive the bankrupt skies

If I were a bettin’ man, I’d put some money on a big airline filing for bankruptcy protection in the not-too-distant future.My oddsmaker is Robert Herbst, who publishes AirlineFinancials. com....

DATE: Oct. 4, 2009 | CATEGORY: Travel

Can I get a refund for my downgraded airline seat?

Q: We bought two first-class airline tickets to Peru on TACA through But we soon found out they were economy-class seats.We've asked the airline for a $1,100 refund - the price...

DATE: Sept. 6, 2009 | CATEGORY: Travel

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