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Why travelers need to know the middle-name rule

When making reservations for a trip to Europe, I had an opportunity to purchase a flash airfare for myself and a friend. The normal price of $1,000 had been reduced to $700 for several hours. I did not know my friend’s middle name but wanted to purchase the tickets. I believed that because of the 24-hour rule, I could always change the middle name. The rule isn’t quite that simple. I learned an important lesson.

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POLICY

Why travelers need to know the middle-name rule

Why travelers need to know the middle-name rule

When making reservations for a trip to Europe, I had an opportunity to purchase a flash airfare for myself and a friend. The normal price of $1,000 had been reduced to $700 for several hours. I did not know my friend’s middle name but wanted to purchase the tickets. I believed that because of the 24-hour rule, I could always change the middle name. The rule isn’t quite that simple. I learned an important lesson.

TRAVEL

Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay: A True Surrealistic Watercolor

Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay: A True Surrealistic Watercolor

In the 1992 movie Indochine, credited with putting Ha Long Bay on the map, Catherine Deneuve describes it as “the most remote outpost of Indochina.” Today, the bay still retains that end-of-the-Earth, Lord-of-the-Rings-on–water quality.

Airline passengers are deceived by seating misinformation

As the airlines have begun unbundling their airfares, many seats now require paid reservations. On some flights, I have seen every aisle seat and every window seat tagged with an extra fee, anywhere from $25-$43 and more. Airline seating rules are an airline seat reservation games mess.

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7 important developing world travel tips for better travel

Traveling in the Middle East and Africa requires a change in mindset Recently, I have had the chance to travel to Africa and the Middle East. The experience of shifting from the organized world of North America and Europe to the more chaotic developing world of Africa...

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Find rich and real colonial history in New Castle, Delaware

New Castle, Delaware, is a genuine Colonial town but without the colonists. The town is replete with houses that used to be taverns, blacksmith shops, stables, ship repair shops during the war. The industries of this working-class Colonial town may have shuttered but the structures remain.

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TRAVEL SAFETY

16 easy rental car hacks to prevent trouble for you

16 easy rental car hacks to prevent trouble for you

Rental car hacks to get a better deal  There are many choices that car renters must make for their road trips. There are also hidden issues car renters should consider to ensure they have a cost-effective journey in their rental cars. I've got 16 rental car hacks for...

TRAVEL TIPS

Ready for your summer road trip? Check your tires!

Before your summer road trip is the right time to check tires When heading on your summer road trip, don’t blow your summer vacation. And I mean that literally. Check your tires carefully. It looks like another big summer for driving. More than seven in 10 Americans are planning a road trip, according to the latest Hankook Gauge Index, a quarterly survey of American motorists.

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Emergency airplane evacuation study initiated by DOT Inspector General

The DOT inspector general (IG) had begun an audit of emergency airplane evacuations. After hearings before the Advisory Committee for Aviation Consumer Protection (ACACP), scores of articles in the press, testimony before congressional committees, lawsuits demanding to see evacuation test results, visits with the DOT IG’s office, letters to the Secretary of Transportation, and national editorials the FAA and DOT are being investigated for compliance with their own airplane evacuation rules.

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10 losses travel insurance doesn’t or might not cover

Here are ten major loss areas that travel insurance policies may or may not cover. Only 21 percent of travelers purchase travel insurance. An amazing 49 percent of travelers polled admitted to not being sure of what travel insurance covers, so it’s not surprising so few people purchase it, especially considering its added cost to a trip.

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When a cruise ship upgrade isn’t an upgrade

Check any cruise ship upgrade carefully. It may be what you really want. Recently, during lunch with a friend, he received a call from his travel agent telling him his cruise line was offering him the opportunity to buy a heavily discounted cabin upgrade to a...

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WHAT HAVE WE DONE FOR YOU?

These accomplishments have been achieved by working closely with our members, national media, the travel industry, the Department of Transportation (DOT), Congress and many other agencies.

  • Creation of the Advisory Committee for Aviation Consumer Protections
  • Advertised airfares now include airfare plus, mandatory taxes and fees
  • Lost/damaged/delayed luggage compensation limit increased to $3,500
  • Passengers have 24 hours to change or cancel their nonrefundable tickets without penalty
  • Once an airfare is purchased, that airfare and ancillary fees cannot be increased
  • Families flying together act passed by Congress that requires family members 13 years of age and younger to sit with other family members at no additional cost.

CURRENT TRAVEL POLL

Do you think airlines have gone too far with adding more seats and reducing their size?

  •   No, they don’t bother me 3%
  • Yes, I’m tall and/or overweight so seating is cramped and painful 22.6%
  • Yes, I’m short but still find it difficult to get comfortable 28%
  • Yes, when the passenger reclines it is almost claustrophobic 46.4%