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Dad, Thanks for the love of travel

Dad, Thanks for the love of travel

Sunday is Fathers’ Day. I was lucky, I had a father who gave me the love of travel. Plus, besides travel and a chance to see another side of the world, his advice on work and life still rings true. My dad was an Air Force officer. Traveling was a major influence in my life and living in other countries was a gift.

Why airline consumers have the rights of Medieval serfs

Why airline consumers have the rights of Medieval serfs

Aviation consumers rights litigation is strictly limited to DOT and the federal court system. Passengers must first petition the lords of the Department of Transportation (DOT) for redress. Like Medieval serfs, airline passengers have been denied access to the legal system. That should change.

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You have rights when airlines make changes to booked flights

You have rights when airlines make changes to booked flights

Passengers can’t change the weather, but what happens when airlines change a traveler’s schedule months or weeks before take-off? When the weather forces a change in a flight or Air traffic operations mean flight cancellations, passengers are normally left holding the bag. But, in some flight cancellation situations, the passenger can be in command of their own fate if they know that they have options provided through the contract of carriage.

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Mom’s important travel lessons I will never forget

Mom’s important travel lessons I will never forget

It’s Mothers Day. It is a good time for me to reflect on my traveles with Mom. I wrote a post thanking my Dad for giving me the gift of travel but my mother taught me how to get the most from travel. From Mom’s travel lessons I learned how to savor travel, how to revel in it, how to learn from it. While Dad provided the opportunities to observe foreign lands and peoples, Mom’s travel lessons were focused on the experiential side of travel.

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How to travel as a pedestrian during lockdown

How to travel as a pedestrian during lockdown

Amid the restrictions of quarantine, I’m sustained by my favorite form of travel – walking. It’s still safe for most people to spend time outside getting exercise.  And as experts affirm, the outdoors may preserve your sanity during a lockdown. When I travel as a pedestrian in my home city of Washington, DC it is my daily salvation.

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TRAVEL SAFETY

Mommy, where is the restroom? I have to go!

Mommy, where is the restroom? I have to go!

Finding a place to go to the bathroom has always been a problem for tourists. For years fast-food restaurants and coffee houses were the only places with public restrooms. And, today, many are not open to the public during the uncertainty of the pandemic. Regular restaurants are closed in many cities and states, except for take out. And that means far fewer toilets for the traveling public.

TRAVEL TIPS

Five ways to avoid pandemic flight delays

Five ways to avoid pandemic flight delays

America’s flying public have no protection from airline issues with late arrivals and departures. If a traveler is flying on a single ticket on the same airline alliance, there are some protections. However, if a passenger has booked his ticket on separate airlines and with separate tickets, that traveler is at the mercy of the airlines.

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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News of the death of travel is premature

News of the death of travel is premature

It seems that reports of the death of travel are greatly exaggerated. Staycations, nearcations, and such just aren’t satisfying for many tavel junkies. More than 50 percent of those polled by Travelers United said, “a vacation to me is going far away.”

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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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How travel agents think during this pandemic

How travel agents think during this pandemic

More than half of airline tickets are still being sold by travel agents. That was the case just before the COVID-19 pandemic. There are in the neighborhood of 100,000 travel agents in the US. Most of us do plan to survive this.

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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.