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Airlines make less on checked bags last year

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. airlines’ revenue from bag fees fell last year for the first time since they started collecting them. But that was no gift to fliers; there were just fewer people traveling. The Transportation Department said Thursday that the 17 largest airlines made $3.36 billion in bag …

10 terrible travel mistakes to avoid

Writing a consumer education column is an education — always for me and, I hope, for readers as well. Each week their letters and e-mails tell of new and horrifying ways they’ve been victimized, sometimes by travel providers and sometimes, like me, by themselves. (See item 10.) Here are some …