Tony Giorgianni, an editor at Consumer Reports, warns against joining a “travel club” that asks for a high up-front fee to join while promising deep travel discounts. What would you say if a couple asked you to give up your airline seat so they could sit together? Or if a child behind you on a plane repeatedly kicked the back of your seat? Steve Loucks from Travel Leaders reports on the results of a survey that asked travelers etiquette questions like those. And what’s with the TSA’s “Pre-Check” program? Members find themselves sometimes shuttled to lines where they don’t have to remove their shoes, belts, or jackets and may leave their liquids and computers in cases. But other times, they’re directed to the usual lines. Seattle Times travel columnist Carol Pucci reveals the secrets of why “Pre-Check” folks don’t always get a pass. Plus: The week’s news in travel and Rudy’s deals of the week.
Does it matter what credit card you use to rent a car out of the US? You bet, says Consumer Reports’ Wendy Perrin who tells Rudy you need to know whether your card gives you primary or secondary coverage and which countries in which your card will not cover you. Hodophobia is the fear of travel, and Paul Dooley of AnxietyGuru.net, explains how to overcome it. Which airline, hotel, and rental car companies have the “most satisfied” employees? Scott Dobrowski of Glassdoor.com knows and argues those companies often have the highest customer satisfaction, too. And listeners learn the definition of “Alabama barbeque” when Rudy talks with Grant Brigham from the Freshworks Festival in Birmingham. Plus: Rudy’s deals and the latest in travel news.
Rudy drops in on the Central Coast Oysterfest in California and talks with Mike Mamot on the scene. In the hour’s second segment, Rudy is joined by author Kate Hopkins whose new book, Sweet Tooth, takes a smart look at the history of candy and chocolate. Rudy answers a question from a listener from Kutztown, PA, who’s worried about hiking alone; long-time walker Henry Fortunato helps out. And Duane Young of the World Airline Historical Society explains why some folks collect airline memorabilia. Plus, as always, Rudy offers listeners several great deals of the week and reports on the week’s news in travel.
Pilot and aviation blogger Patrick Smith joins Rudy to discuss the safety of airlines in Africa, and author Daniel Arnold describes his hike from the boiler room that is lowest point in the US–Death Valley–to the snowy peak of Mount Whitney and his book about that trek, Salt to Summit. Professor Severin Borenstein of the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley argues airlines have to figure out how to get us to destinations faster or in greater comfort in order to grow business. And Dr. Charles Wooters of NextIT explains how avatars and Artificial Intelligence will pay a greater role in travelers lives. Plus: Rudy’s deals of the week and travel news.
How can you protect yourself from airline delays or a change in plans when you’ve booked an expensive vacation? Carol Mueller of Travel Guard explains her company’s solutions. How would you like to live in an airplane? Bruce Campbell of Oregon explains how he’s outfitting a retired commercial jetliner as a home in the country. Stephanie Loleng discusses the concept of “honeyteering”–taking a volunteering vacation while on a honeymoon–and Rudy has his usual “Deals of the Week and travel news.