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Christopher Elliott

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  1. Christopher Elliott added a comment on I'm Chris Elliott, Travel Consumer Advocate. Ask Me Anything.
    I appreciate where you're coming from. I have a slightly different perspective. I think travel should be easy. The rules ought to be clear, and clearly disclosed. When they tell you a hotel is close t…
  2. Christopher Elliott added a comment on I'm Chris Elliott, Travel Consumer Advocate. Ask Me Anything.
    Oh, I have that list in my head, and the people who do it know who they are. You're correct ... I'm more concerned about the hapless travelers who stumble across their blog and think they're going to …
  3. Christopher Elliott added a comment on I'm Chris Elliott, Travel Consumer Advocate. Ask Me Anything.
    There are scores of bloggers who defend the airline industry and its practices every day, no matter how consumer-unfriendly. You'll find quite a few of them on those loyalty-blog collectives. Not goin…
  4. Christopher Elliott added a comment on I'm Chris Elliott, Travel Consumer Advocate. Ask Me Anything.
    Not really. From what I can tell, airlines "unbundled" their fares without at the same time lowering their ticket prices by the same amount as the unbundle. They simply added the fees on top of the fa…
  5. Christopher Elliott added a comment on I'm Chris Elliott, Travel Consumer Advocate. Ask Me Anything.
    You'll have to forgive me, but I'm not very upbeat about what's happening in Washington now. If the Senate flips, we will almost certainly have a "transparent" airfare bill that will allow airlines to…
  6. Christopher Elliott added a comment on I'm Chris Elliott, Travel Consumer Advocate. Ask Me Anything.
    Yes, it is. I'm amazed at some of the insurance policies that are offered via airline sites that basically cover nothing that's ever likely to happen to you, but leave you with the impression that you…
  7. Christopher Elliott added a comment on I'm Chris Elliott, Travel Consumer Advocate. Ask Me Anything.
    Aww, thanks! Yes, I publish the names and phone numbers of the major companiesĀ on my site. Unfortunately, we had a little database meltdown, and we lost many of our contacts, so we're presently in reb…
  8. Christopher Elliott added a comment on I'm Chris Elliott, Travel Consumer Advocate. Ask Me Anything.
    I've seen a lone travelers with zero friends and no apparent influence move mountains with a well-placed user generated review. Hotels and restaurants managers are hypersensitive about customer review…
  9. Christopher Elliott added a comment on I'm Chris Elliott, Travel Consumer Advocate. Ask Me Anything.
    Are you kidding? Travel makes me laugh all the time! I tend to laugh more at travelers than travel companies, but both are rich sources of comedy. Have you ever seen the joke that keeps getting circul…
  10. Christopher Elliott added a comment on I'm Chris Elliott, Travel Consumer Advocate. Ask Me Anything.
    Ron, thanks for the question. I'm not aware of anyone who advocates for locals in a tourist attraction. I suppose it would be up to their elected representatives to be their advocates. I do, however, …