Bringing you what’s new in travel for August 9th 2010
- Attention travelers! Beware of pre-checked boxes when booking online – Brad Tuttle recently posted this on This Just In… Newsweek's Travel Blog:
There's nothing wrong with a company offering travel insurance when you're booking a trip. But what about when it's automatically added to your bill, whether you want it or not?
All booking sites try to get travelers to spend more money. That's how business is done. But while some websites merely offer extras like car rentals, hotels, airport parking, and travel protection (a.k.a. travel insurance) that can be ignored without incident, other sites use a more aggressive strategy. Specifically, rather than ask travelers if they want to purchase insurance, they pre-check a box so that the extra expense is automatically added to the traveler's bill. The only way a traveler can avoid the charge is if he or she notices it and decides to opt out.
- Paris: 5 best August values – Meg Zimbeck recently posted this on This Just In… Newsweek's Travel Blog:
August is an unusual month in Paris because such a large number of local people—including those who run my favorite restaurants—have left to holiday somewhere else. All is not lost, however. Consolation for visitors comes in the form of free concerts, outdoor films, and an urban beach along the Seine.