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Ask Airfarewatchdog: Your Air Travel Questions Answered

George Hobica | Posted 11.06.2012 | Travel
George Hobica

Question: I recently paid $10 each for my wife and I to do the early boarding on Southwest. However when we tried to take two seats together, another passenger was apparently holding five seats for his friends. What gives?

The Crisis of American Consumerism

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 11.04.2012 | Politics
Amitai Etzioni

Some people buy inflatable Santa Clauses, and they put them on the rooftop. You ask if they really need that, they chuckle and say "no, no, of course not." But, when you ask them about flatscreen TVs, people feel uncomfortable. The truth is, we have very limited real needs.

The Flesh Is Weak: Churchgoers Give Far Less Than They Think

David Briggs | Posted 11.01.2012 | Religion
David Briggs

The people most likely to misreport high levels of giving were those who said faith was very important to them and those who attend services more than weekly.

What An American-US Air Merger Might Mean

AP | SCOTT MAYEROWITZ | Posted 10.31.2012 | Travel

NEW YORK — While American Airlines and US Airways have started merger discussions, it would be several months – if not years – befor...

The Latest Airline Fee: Using A Credit Card

George Hobica | Posted 10.31.2012 | Travel
George Hobica

It was bound to happen. It may be only a matter of time before other airlines follow suit.

The Latest Airline Ripoff

George Hobica | Posted 10.29.2012 | Travel
George Hobica

Remember when frequent flyer tickets used to be free? Hah.

Are Thieves Stealing Your Frequent Flier Miles

George Hobica | Posted 10.24.2012 | Travel
George Hobica

Whether you have 25,000 miles or 250,000 or 2.5 million, you need to protect them.

Searching for Logic in the Bubbles of Ballyhoo

Ilias Sourdis | Posted 10.22.2012 | World
Ilias Sourdis

Once we burst the glittering bubbles of Ballyhoo and come face-to-face with reality, we can see without any doubt the continuous deterioration of the quality of life in our world.

JetBlue Schedule Change And Orlando's "Other" Airport

George Hobica | Posted 10.22.2012 | Travel
George Hobica

Come on JetBlue, step up.

Death by Cheesecake: A Day at the Mall

Nancy Colier | Posted 08.20.2012 | New York
Nancy Colier

Excess and emptiness, the perfect American submarine. These sparkly spaces are designed to pump us up, make us feel more alive, and yet the lived experience is one of enervation and death.

Why Your Business Can Not Afford Bad Service

Sam Napolitano | Posted 10.20.2012 | Business
Sam Napolitano

We as consumers are too used to being treated like we are an inconvenience. In this economy, there are small businesses starving for work. There are people who take pride in what they do and there is a change happening.

Global Warming and the Meaning of Doom

Deepak Chopra | Posted 10.13.2012 | Green
Deepak Chopra

When resources become skimpy, human beings don't suddenly cooperate to conserve what's left. They fight to the last scrap for possession of a diminishing resource. We also know that man-made catastrophes that hurt everyone, such as war, don't come to an end even though peace benefits everyone.

Unhappy With Your Family's Gift-Giving Culture? So Do Something About It Already!

Katy Wolk-Stanley | Posted 10.13.2012 | Money
Katy Wolk-Stanley

Do you spend the month of December annoyed and stressed out because your family's gift-giving expectations are out of control? Please take comfort in knowing that you are not alone.

PHOTOS: Is Lucky Magazine's New Ad Campaign Inappropriate?

The Huffington Post | Jessica Misener | Posted 08.08.2012 | Style

Most people have engaged in "retail therapy," i.e., "shopping your feelings," i.e. buying stuff when you feel down to boost your mood. Right? It can't...

I Haven't Bought Anything New In 5 Years

Katy Wolk-Stanley | Posted 10.11.2012 | Style
Katy Wolk-Stanley

There is one thing that sets me apart from the other soccer moms, which is that I am a member of "The Compact." And no, that doesn't mean that I practice polyamory, weave my own caftans and practice 140-degree yoga. It means that I don't buy anything new.

Could You Go a Year Without Buying Anything New? How About Five Years?

Katy Wolk-Stanley | Posted 09.24.2012 | Money
Katy Wolk-Stanley

There is one thing that sets me apart from the other soccer moms, which is that I am a member of "The Compact." And no, that doesn't mean that I practice polyamory, weave my own caftans and practice 140-degree yoga. It means that I don't buy anything new.

So, Which Two Airlines Are Charging For Carry Ons?

George Hobica | Posted 09.16.2012 | Travel
George Hobica

Answering questions about carry-on bag fees and flights to Hawaii.

The Environmental Cost of "Design First"

John Pavley | Posted 09.06.2012 | Technology
John Pavley

The dangerous nature of digital waste is not a new problem. In the early '00s EPEAT set standards for "green electronics." But this week tech industry thought leader Apple said they are opting out of the standard! Why did Apple drop out of green computing?

Imagine If Every Resident of Mumbai Had a Car?

Mark Hillary | Posted 08.21.2012 | Business
Mark Hillary

Economic growth benefits those who are lifted from poverty, but how can the world really cope with billions of new drivers all expecting their own car?

A Hotel Guests' Bill Of Rights

Room 77 | Posted 08.21.2012 | Travel
Room 77

To us, there's nothing that induces relaxation quite like checking into a luxurious hotel: no cooking or cleaning required, and you can enjoy an array of amenities. But no matter how great a hotel is, there are a few things that can quickly sour your stay. That's why we created the Hotel Guests' Bill of Rights.

Will We Ever Have Enough?

Marcela Hawkins | Posted 08.15.2012 | Teen
Marcela Hawkins

It is essential that we as Americans reevaluate our priorities by moving our focus from materialism and a constantly indulging mentality to the morals this country was founded upon.

America: A Modern Imperialist

Misa Mori | Posted 08.14.2012 | Teen
Misa Mori

Widespread American culture is threatening cultural diversity. And while some nations resist the temptation of American wealth, these corporations still manage to pry their way through those barriers.

Greed: The American Experience

Will Savino | Posted 08.12.2012 | Teen
Will Savino

The golden arches of McDonalds have joined the American flag and the bald eagle as a distinctive symbol of America.

The American Experience: Comfort Above All Else

Hailey Yook | Posted 08.05.2012 | Teen
Hailey Yook

The importance of human and environmental health is constantly preached in the U.S., yet it is disregarded every day for convenience and ease.

What Makes Chinese Youth Tick?: A Quick Q & A With Mary Bergstrom

Jeffrey Wasserstrom | Posted 07.22.2012 | Books
Jeffrey Wasserstrom

"Youth in China are doing more than just buying brands and downloading free entertainment, they are quietly and irreverently changing the future of the world we all live in."