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Economy Class Gets An Upgrade... Wait, Make That a Downgrade

Christopher Elliott | Posted 03.27.2015 | Travel
Christopher Elliott

When the cheap seats get a makeover, it's easy to assume that's good news for the average air traveler. But not all upgrades are the same. In fact, Alaska's and Delta's are worth closer looks, because they offer dramatically different visions of air travel in 2015.

"Wrong Turn on Red"

Jerry Zezima | Posted 11.17.2014 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

By Jerry Zezima In their chart-topping 1965 hit, "Turn! Turn! Turn!," the Byrds sang, "To everything, turn, turn, turn." To which they might have add...

Will 'Transparent' Airfares Hurt Travelers?

Christopher Elliott | Posted 06.27.2014 | Travel
Christopher Elliott

Remarkably, the proposed legislation enjoys bipartisan support, even from Democrats with distinguished records of supporting consumer rights. Critics have watched in amazement as this deceptively named bill has taxied toward the runway, apparently unstoppable.

Do Airlines Want to Hide the Real Cost of a Ticket? (POLL)

Christopher Elliott | Posted 05.17.2014 | Travel
Christopher Elliott

So far, the debate about the Transparent Airfares Act has been fairly predictable, with airline representatives and their supporters lining up to defend the bill and consumer advocates denouncing it. But here's one question that has gone unasked: Are passengers really clamoring for a "transparent" airfare?

Are Those "Free" United Tickets Part of a Broken System?

Christopher Elliott | Posted 09.13.2013 | Travel
Christopher Elliott

Should we really have to deal with these super-complex rules that the airline industry throws in our way? We shouldn't have to absorb pages of complex information in order to fly with a little class. The fix is pretty simple. It is equal parts reform and disclosure.

Corporate Personhood in the Fast Lane: Jonathan Frieman, Citizen, Takes a Stand

Russ Baker | Posted 05.21.2013 | Politics
Russ Baker

What's the significance of "corporate personhood"? This bizarre concept makes it infinitely more difficult to prosecute individual corporate wrongdoers and makes it possible for corporations to continue to dominate American politics and election spending by invoking constitutional protections intended for "real" persons.

How To Lose A 'Free' Airline Ticket

Christopher Elliott | Posted 05.04.2013 | Travel
Christopher Elliott

Points are the airline's property and can be confiscated at any time, for any reason. To some air travelers, that makes them worthless.

3 Surprises Lurking In Every Airfare

Christopher Elliott | Posted 03.09.2013 | Travel
Christopher Elliott

Your airline ticket isn't what it seems to be.

Man Ticketed For Saving Son, Not Jeep, From Cliff

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 05.22.2012 | Weird News

He may have been ticketed for not saving his Jeep from a cliff dive, but his other option was to let his 5-year-old son die and go to jail. Frank R...

The Indecision, Part 2: Favre's Latest Unretirement and Vikings Ticket Prices

Jesse Lawrence | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Jesse Lawrence

Speculation about Favre's return has driven up prices for Vikings home games almost 20%. While 20% is a meaningful increase, it's a blip compared to last year, when prices jumped almost 100% on his un-retirement.

Aurora Teen Crashes Car While Texting

Aurora Sentinel | Brandon Johansson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

AURORA | Aurora police this month cited a 19-year-old Denver woman under the state's new texting while driving law, marking the first time in Aurora -...

Friday Talking Points [60] -- Democratic Assertiveness Training

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

What a week! With Congress back in session, with the excitement of newly-elected members being sworn in (or barred at the door, as the case may be), ...

Pay-To-Play: Inauguration Tickets, Only $12,500 Each!

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This doesn't sound a whole lot like "change we can believe in." This sounds more like same-old-same-old cronyism and pay-to-play.

Inauguration News: D.C. Power Plays and Other Craziness

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

With slightly less than a month and a half to go before Barack Obama's inauguration, Washington, D.C. has officially reached the "freakout" point on the Richter scale of event planning.

Woman in Labor Received Ticket, Forced to "Prove" She's Pregnant

Brett Ashley McKenzie | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Brett Ashley McKenzie

The couple actually pulled over in the breakdown lane to ask permission to use said lane, which is reserved for emergencies. And he expects her to prove that she's pregnant? How humiliating!

Flat tire? Chicagoans to the rescue!

Leslie Goldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Leslie Goldman

I got out, loaded up with shirts and dresses, and confronted what was possibly the deadest dead tire ever. My heart sank. But then the kindheartedness that defines the Midwest started peeking out from every corner and I was saved by my city.

I Got The Boot

Leslie Goldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Leslie Goldman

My trusty Mercury never got towed, as I parked within the dotted lines. I lived a life of smug bootlessness. Until last week.

How to Cure Airport Blues: Fly Nice!

Joel Schwartzberg | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Joel Schwartzberg

The next time you find yourself waiting at an airport terminal in a waiting-at-an-airport-terminal kind of mood, give being nice a try. It's way cheaper than coffee, and the favor often makes a return trip.