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Re: Chris Elliott's New Book is a Smart Guide to Travel Smarts

JaxonSmith ·
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Re: Chris Elliott's New Book is a Smart Guide to Travel Smarts

JaxonSmith ·
Chris Elliott: wasn't he the guy on Late Night with David Letterman? Regardless, I do like books about travelling.
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Re: Chris Elliott's New Book is a Smart Guide to Travel Smarts

Travel Rob ·
Thanks Paul, Chris does seem to solve a lot of problems and shares how he does it and who to talk to. I've found his contact he lists at companies very helpful when people get the runaround. The book sounds like another useful resource
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Re: Air Miles vs Low Fare Airline

Travel Rob ·
I was just reading a Chris Elliott piece on when people get so fed up with air travel they stop flying altogether. He interviewed a man who owned a travel company, Spencer Carlson and the positive airline example he gave was Norwegian. So it seems like my good experience is the norm with them. Here is this link: http://www.seattletimes.com/li...-to-take-it-anymore/
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Re: Is it time to regulate airplane seats? Chris Elliott thinks so!

DrFumblefinger ·
I'm not sure if "mandating" certain seat sizes would do anything but raise prices, but it might be nice if they introduced a simple grading system. "A" for business/first class, "F" for the sardine can seating in the most cramped airlines. If I was less than 5 ft tall and weighed less than 100 lbs the current seating system would work fine for me. For most folks it's much too crowded, especially on long flights. All the worse if you have to have your bag under the seat in front of you. Let's...
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Re: Is it time to regulate airplane seats? Chris Elliott thinks so!

PHeymont ·
I'm not sure it's the case that mandating a decent space would raise fares...in the past, we've certainly seen that fares have a resistance point, and airlines have backed down from increases at times. Also worth noting that fares seem largely based on competition rather than actual expense involved; that's why it's often cheaper to fly NY to LA than NY to Kansas City! And, as Chris Elliott points out, having people fighting over seat space has led to expensive consequences, too...
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Re: Is it time to regulate airplane seats? Chris Elliott thinks so!

DrFumblefinger ·
The trouble with a mandate is that it has deadlines and airlines who fly to the US would have to go through an expensive seat replacement program. That cost is one we share, or that puts the airlines in the red and in jeopardy. Makes sense to pressure them to improve, but that's just my opinion. But I do like the idea of "grading" seats. Helps me know what I'm buying. For example, Canadian airlines definitely have larger seats that American carriers. I'll preferentially fly Air Canada to...
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Re: Is it time to regulate airplane seats? Chris Elliott thinks so!

GarryRF ·
This debate seems to accept that the profit margins of Trans-Atlantic Flights are squeezed by costs outside the carriers control. The only solution they have is squeeze more seats in to control income. Last month I paid £759 ($1245) for 1 seat UK to Philadelphia - Return - with an American Airline. 7 hours in the sky. Each way. My £759 will also get me a flight to the Caribbean from the UK. 10 hours in the sky. 14 nights in a hotel. Food and drink included. And flight back. The Caribbean...
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Re: Good News for US Carriers/Bad News for Consumers?

Travel Rob ·
The consumer advocate Chris Elliott has a interesting commentary out today about the airline mergers and what it means for the steerage class. http://elliott.org/blog/two-cheers-airline-mergers/
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Re: Are airline alliances costing you $$$ on flights to Europe?

Travel Rob ·
Basically Norwegian Air told us the same thing and it's true. If the public supports Norwegian and other airlines that attempt to break the alliances trans-Atlantic hold, lower prices will follow. https://www.travelgumbo.com/blog/norwegian-air-1
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Re: "Transparent Airfares" or "License to Lie?"

PortMoresby ·
Yet another entrant for the who-do-they-think-they're-kidding contest.
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What travelers really want in 2015

DrFumblefinger ·
What's on your travel wish list for 2015?     Seems we all want more or less the same thing when we travel.  Quality inexpensive accommodations in a place that values our business.  Reasonably priced airline seats that provide us...
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Are airline alliances costing you $$$ on flights to Europe?

PHeymont ·
According to consumer advocate Chris Elliott, writing in Fortune, the answer is a big yes. He pinpoints the growth of the big three alliances (SkyTeam, OneWorld and Star), and the agreements among alliance members to coordinate services between the...
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Around Halifax

DrFumblefinger ·
DrFumblefinger shares some images and observations of his ramblings around Halifax.
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Strictly for the Birds...

PHeymont ·
Plaza de Armas, San Juan—a popular al fresco restaurant for pigeons   I’m sure there must be some place without birds, but I haven’t been there. And everywhere I have been, the birds have caught my attention, sometimes to the...
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"Pops" is a New Route 66 Icon

Marilyn Jones ·
  I know this is going to be a fun stop on Route 66 just outside Arcadia, Oklahoma when I spy a 66-foot pop bottle on the horizon. Getting closer I can see it stands in front of an uber-modern structure with gas pumps in front. I have never seen...
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Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal

Travel Rob ·
Travel Rob shows you the craftsmanship and incredible interior of Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal.
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"Transparent Airfares" or "License to Lie?"

PHeymont ·
U.S. airlines have been pushing a so-called "Transparent Airfares Act" that would restore the old ways: quote a low fare, and hide the taxes and (ever-increasing) fees until after you click on "buy." They say that's transparent because you'll see...
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Airlines m-a-y be improving their service in 2014

DrFumblefinger ·
I think most folks who have been flying for a number of decades would agree that airline service is at an all time low.  An article in USA Today by Chris Elliott makes the point that the airlines are tired of their poor service ratings and now...
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Customer Nonservice/A First Step to Take

Travel Rob ·
What happens when something goes wrong after dealing with a travel company? If customer service won't help, what is your next step? Below, I'll suggest a way to start. I hope others will add their suggestions too. I've had a string of bad customer...
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Chris Elliott: Don't be so quick to ignore TripAdvisor!

PHeymont ·
http://www.usatoday.com/story/...dvisor-yelp/2822953/
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Is it time to regulate airplane seats? Chris Elliott thinks so!

PHeymont ·
In a column written for USA Today, travel consumer advocate Chris Elliott suggests that the only solution to the increasing air-rage incidents and fights over seat space is for the airlines to stop squeezing everyone closer and closer—and he's...
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Chris Elliott's New Book is a Smart Guide to Travel Smarts

PHeymont ·
I think of myself as a pretty experienced traveler, and my friends often come to me with questions. And, for several years I’ve been sharing advice and experience on online forums, and now TravelGumbo. But that doesn’t mean I don’t...
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Hilton enters the 'midscale' hotel market

PHeymont ·
Hilton launches Tru to compete with Comfort Inn and others in the $75-90 a night 'midscale' market.
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