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Christopher Elliott
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Should Congress require airlines to seat families together?

Ever seen families beg, borrow and almost steal to get their young children seated next to them on a flight?

I've personally watched as a young mother pleads with a business traveler in the aisle or window seat to switch with her so she could sit closer to her offspring. Unfortunately, the answer was no.

"I paid extra for this seat," the road warrior will invariably say. "I don't want to give it up."
Ever seen families beg, borrow and almost steal to get their young children seated next to them on a flight?
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How much will those "free" Apple points cost? I can’t tell you

Want a fancy new Macbook but don’t have the cash for it right now? Don’t worry, Apple offers two ways to finance the purchase — PayPal Credit or Barclaycard Visa (with points!).
Want a fancy new Macbook but don’t have the cash for it right now? Don’t worry, Apple offers two ways to finance the purchase — PayPal Credit or Barclaycard Visa (with points!).
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Oh no, not another Spirit flight from hell!

Leonard Borensztein figured his trip from Oakland to New York would take him about nine hours, once he factored in the stops. But he didn't take the curse of Spirit in to account when he did the math.

I know, it's Spirit. But it's also today's featured forum thread.
Leonard Borensztein figured his trip from Oakland to New York would take him about nine hours, once he factored in the stops. But he didn't take the curse of Spirit in to account when he did the math.
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Home Depot did right all on its own

I couldn't see my way. The darkness was closing in, as was the heat. The situation was getting dire, and I knew I had to do something.
I couldn't see my way. The darkness was closing in, as was the heat. The situation was getting dire, and I knew I had to do something.
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More Americans still in love - with their cars

As we enter the long, hot, sultry days of summer, it’s the perfect time to talk about romance. And according to relationship data recently released, Americans like them old.
It’s summer and the perfect time to talk about romance. And according to relationship data recently released, Americans like them old.
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Vacationing in Chad? Read this before you leave

Going on a vacation should be relaxing, right? Your biggest preoccupation should be making sure Joe Cabana-boy keeps refreshing your supply of mojitos instead of wondering if you might have unknowingly chosen a getaway spot in a country harboring terrorists.
Going on a vacation should be relaxing, right? Your biggest preoccupation should be making sure Joe Cabana-boy keeps refreshing your mojito supply, and certainly not that you might have unknowingly chosen a getaway spot in a country harboring terrorists.
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This Enterprise customer wasn't paying with a full deck

Cory Roche showed up for his Enterprise car rental in Albany, NY. His reservation, however, didn't.
Cory Roche showed up for his Enterprise car rental in Albany, NY. His reservation, however, didn't.
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What to do about the summer seat squeeze

If you haven't heard Ann ter Haar's story before, maybe you've experienced it.
If you haven't heard Ann ter Haar's story before, maybe you've experienced it.
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New consumer agency still hasn’t won over critics

Hidden fees, penalties, surcharges and other “gotchas” drive consumers bonkers, but some companies love them.

In the years leading up to the financial crisis, many credit card issuers and other lenders had created a labyrinth of complex fee charts that confused borrowers and made for easier pro
Hidden fees, penalties, surcharges and other “gotchas” drive consumers bonkers, but some companies love them.
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Why won't insurance cover my canceled flight?

David Ayres misses his tour because of a weather-related cancellation. Why won’t his travel insurance policy cover him?
David Ayres misses his tour because of a weather-related cancellation. Why won’t his travel insurance policy cover him?
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Screaming baby turns Carnival vacation into "cruise from hell"

In April, Roberto Brauning and Jeehong Park boarded a Carnival ship for what they thought would be a relaxing cruise vacation.
In April, Roberto Brauning and Jeehong Park boarded a ship for what they thought would be a relaxing cruise vacation. And it was memorable — but not in the way they thought.
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Sir, cut it out! You're in the No Fondling section

Flight attendants on Jet2, a European discount airline, have had it up to here and they’re not taking it anymore.
Flight attendants on Jet2, a European discount airline, have had it up to here and they’re not taking it anymore.
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  • National Geographic Traveler
    Ombudsman, present
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Orlando, FL
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Vienna, Austria - New York - Berkeley, Calif. - Irvine, Calif. - Long Key, Fla. - Key Largo, Fla. - Port St. Lucie, Fla. - Hamburg, Germany - Frankfurt, Germany - Claremont, Calif.
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Christopher Elliott is a consumer advocate and journalist.

Elliott is National Geographic Traveler magazine’s reader advocate and writes the nationally syndicated Travel Troubleshooter column, which appears in more than 50 U.S. newspapers and Web sites.

He also writes the weekly Navigator column for The Washington Post and has a travel blog and consumer advocacy blog.

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  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of California, Irvine
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