4 ways to avoid electronic toll collection penalties

4 ways to avoid electronic toll collection penalties

More and more travelers on the nation’s highways are finding tolls on roads that have no system for manual toll collection — only electronic toll collection systems. Out-of-state traveler without a local FastPass, EZ-Pass, SunPass, or other local toll-collection passes should not be penalized.

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Santa Fe sightseeing can be more than the city’s art

Santa Fe sightseeing can be more than the city’s art

Santa Fe, New Mexico is more than a place. It is a spirit, an energy that enters your soul and takes residence in your worldview as well as your inner vision. A state of mind more than a city; a way of life more than a place to live. It’s a lifestyle, not a destination. All expressed in the poetry that is Santa Fe, a language not spoken anywhere else in the country.

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7 reasons to stay at an airport hotel

7 reasons to stay at an airport hotel

As a long-time traveler, I disdain the thought of staying at an airport hotel. However, over my decades of travel, airport hotels offer some conveniences and comforts that make them alluring. Here are seven situations where choosing an airport hotel rather than one in a city works for many travelers.

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How to take the mystery out of airline attempted upgrades

How to take the mystery out of airline attempted upgrades

As airline travel becomes increasingly less pleasant in economy class, upgrades are looking increasingly appealing to travelers. However, understanding how the deck is stacked will help with any attempted upgrades. Even booking well in advance and being willing to spend miles and serious money, may not be enough for average travelers. With the airline focus on elite big spenders, many frequent fliers are being shut out of attempted upgrades.

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How to avoid passing out at 35,000 feet

How to avoid passing out at 35,000 feet

If you hear a flight attendant calling for a doctor in mid-flight, chances are a passenger has fainted.  The medical term is syncope. Fainting on planes is the most common in-flight medical emergency.I know first-hand. I’ve fainted while airborne three times, most recently aboard a DC-Munich flight in December.

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Wuhan: flawed data, missteps, overreaction and death

Wuhan: flawed data, missteps, overreaction and death

The number of people with Wuhan virus exploded last week, more than doubling As I write about the Wuhan coronavirus this week, the number of confirmed cases world-wide has exceeded 40,500. The death toll from the Wuhan coronavirus exploded to 910. While more than...

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4 ways to avoid electronic toll collection penalties

Sunday musings: Rental car cashless tolls, Support animal tales, AI and airfare

Today we take a look at the world of cashless tolls that has been put in place across the country. Rental car operators are raking in millions on transponder fees and consumers don’t have many alternatives. Emotional support animals on planes appear to be going from anything flys to only certain dogs fly. Finally, we look at the cat-and-mouse game that is coming to travel pricing with artificial intelligence.

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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.

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