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3 ways DOT should post basic passenger travel rights at airports

3 ways DOT should post basic passenger travel rights at airports

DOT should tell travelers about basic passenger travel rights where compensation is involved. Don’t make airline passengers dig through regulations. Airlines should not mislead travelers. Education of consuers doesn’t require any new legislation.

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A dozen RV mistakes to avoid to happily travel on the road

A dozen RV mistakes to avoid to happily travel on the road

During the COVID-19, pandemic RV trips can add to traveler safety In the U.S., as COVID-19 cases and its deaths surge, people are looking for safe ways to travel. Pandemic RV trips are a good solution. With more than 8.8 million Americans having contracted the virus...

Is rapid virus testing as good as a vaccine for control?

Is rapid virus testing as good as a vaccine for control?

The advent of COVID-19 rapid testing is allowing many airlines to dream of opening flights prior to the introduction of a vaccine. Travelers United travel to begin again. Ultimately, we want to get a vaccine. However, until then, knowing who is sick and contagious and who is not may be the best we can do.

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How to confidently order wine at a restaurant

How to confidently order wine at a restaurant

Drinking wine is part of the grand experience of dining. It doesn’t have to be daunting. These tips and rules are normally universal, whether ordering in a luxury restaurant or at the corner bistro. Remember, wine is an organic creation and a living thing. Even the most expensive wine can be flawed, just as the least expensive may be. Plus, any decent restaurant will not question your decisions about what to order or, heaven forbid, turn back as unacceptable. Be brave. Read on. You can’t go wrong.

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How history and mystery join at US archaeology sites

How history and mystery join at US archaeology sites

Archaeology sites across the United States relate fascinating chapters of human and, specifically, Native American history. Artifacts and other remnants of people who once lived in the area provide the clues. And, an Internet search is likely to reveal an archaeology site a short commute from where you live.

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Getting lost in a corn maze

Getting lost in a corn maze

With a clear blue autumn sky overhead and mild fall temperatures, I took my first steps onto pale yellow cut corn stalks into my first corn maze. The path wound through the thick corn about as wide as my outstretched arms. Every corn maze designs a different experience. The activities surrounding corn mazes keep kids busy with games and lots of education about the outdoors and farming. In most cases, well-stocked farm stands house wooden shelves with homemade preserves and jams, plus fudge, apple butter, and pies beside baled straw.

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TRAVEL SAFETY

A dozen RV mistakes to avoid to happily travel on the road

A dozen RV mistakes to avoid to happily travel on the road

During the COVID-19, pandemic RV trips can add to traveler safety In the U.S., as COVID-19 cases and its deaths surge, people are looking for safe ways to travel. Pandemic RV trips are a good solution. With more than 8.8 million Americans having contracted the virus...

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The most important pandemic lessons learned about travel

The most important pandemic lessons learned about travel

We know that COVID-19 is transmitted through the air, that masks stop it. It infects people everywhere. Governments failed travelers and that misinformation about COVID kills. Today, we know more pandemic lessons that will make dealing with the next spike more successful.

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Why the Boeing 737 MAX can soar again, and soon

Why the Boeing 737 MAX can soar again, and soon

National Public Radio (NPR) released a damning report about Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA). However, searing the findings, the report was a rehash of old news, dating back almost two years. The subsequent FAA and Boeing actions have resulted in a good and safe aircraft. The Boeing 737 MAX can soar again.

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Did you know auto insurance may pay for a meteor strike?

Did you know auto insurance may pay for a meteor strike?

Did you know auto insurance covers rodents? It’s true. Damage by mice or squirrels is one of the things car insurance routinely includes. However, most drivers don’t know about the coverage. Take a look at your policy. It probably has an “other than collision” clause.

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Beware: Travel benefits for credit cards are vanishing

Beware: Travel benefits for credit cards are vanishing

Don’t look now, but banks and their airline partners are slowly and quietly removing credit card benefits that travelers rely on. If you’re planning a trip soon, you might want to read your cardmember agreement carefully — otherwise, you could find yourself without important perks you thought you had.

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Accomplishments

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.

  • Bi-partisan bill to eliminate hotel resort fees introduced into House of Representatives
  • 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.