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Travel plans need to change? Airlines see dollar signs

 Man on cell phone at airportA central fact of life is that sometimes things happen that consumers can’t expect or plan for. This can make planning for a vacation or other travel a tricky endeavor for even the most careful consumer. An unexpected family illness or injury, for example, could mean that flights to Disneyworld need to be rescheduled or cancelled altogether.  What is a consumer to do? Consider travel insurance? Not so fast.

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Cruise drama highlights vacation risks

Image of cruise liner on oceanThe dramatic story of thousands of passengers stranded on a power- and plumbing-less Carnival cruise ship in the Carribean has many consumers wondering not only about cruise ship safety, but also their rights as passengers. What exactly are you risking when purchasing a vacation getaway?

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Buyer beware: seven tips for giving tickets as a holiday gift

Image of empty theater seats'Tis the season for gift giving, and for that special sports or music fan in your life, the right tickets to the right event can make the perfect holiday gift. But shady resale sites, scammers, and restrictive tickets can put a damper on your holiday cheer, resulting in the purchase of fraudulent tickets, or even genuine tickets that make terrible gifts because they cannot be transferred to your family and friends.

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