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  • Travel scams use pizza and midnight calls to get card numbers

    The Watchdog is still in vacation mode. I just got back from a family trip to Florida. We had a blast. This is the time of year when your mind may be on vacations, too. If you're looking ahead to a lazy summer trip, don't relax too much because...
  • Oregon's Sunriver Resort an outdoor oasis for all

    Oregon's Sunriver Resort an outdoor oasis for all
    Say you are a large group of vacation-seekers. Your ages span from toddler to senior. Your interests range from walking to golfing to biking to reading to sitting on a patio fringed with pine trees and enjoying a nice glass of pinot noir. Party of 20,...
  • Time for underwater real estate investors to cut losses

    By Ilyce Glink and Samuel J. Tamkin Q: I have an interest-only loan with one bank and a second mortgage with another. The interest-only loan will change at the beginning of July to require me to make principal and interest payments. The loans total...
  • Seniors on the Go: For 2014: The usual travel questions

    Seniors on the Go: For 2014: The usual travel questions
    When is the best time to visit a destination? When is the best time to buy air tickets? What is the best way to arrange hotel accommodations? What's the most reliable way to arrange a vacation rental? Although I cover a bunch of topics over the course...
  • Something's still 'phishy' about vacation rentals

    Something's still 'phishy' about vacation rentals
    If you think the words "vacation rental" and "phishing" are all but synonymous, you're not alone. Just talk to Ann Schutte, who recently found a rental villa with a "million-dollar" view in Sedona, Ariz., through the rental website VRBO.com. A woman...
  • Seniors on the Go: Summer trip planning: Vacation rentals

    Seniors on the Go: Summer trip planning: Vacation rentals
    Whenever you plan to stay at a destination for a week or so, you need to consider a vacation rental. Whether at a seashore or lake near home or in central Paris or Hong Kong, a vacation rental is often a better bet than a conventional hotel: -- You can...
  • I canceled my vacation rental, but they're keeping my deposit

    I canceled my vacation rental, but they're keeping my deposit
    Pat Morin's vacation rental in Aruba is a disaster -- and she hasn't even left yet. She's trying to get her money back, but the owner refuses. Is there any hope? Q: I recently paid a $2,060 deposit to rent a home in Aruba through VRBO. Before I was...
  • An extra $55 for taxes on my car rental?

    An extra $55 for taxes on my car rental?
    When Wayne Enquist books an all-inclusive vacation through Hotels.com, he's told the car rental includes taxes. But it doesn't, and now Hotels.com is ignoring his requests for a refund of the taxes. Who's right? Q: We booked a 10-day vacation package...
  • Pinocular.com matches interests with vacation sites

    Here's a website that helps you locate vacation rentals in proximity to your interests. Name: Pinocular.com What it does: It lets you search based on activities you like and how far you want to drive or fly from major cities in the U.S. and Europe....
  • Can you trust a vacation rental?

    Can you trust a vacation rental?
    The two-bedroom apartment in the trendy Tunali neighborhood of Ankara, Turkey, that Richard and Ellen Lacroix rented through Airbnb fell dramatically short of their expectations. It was, they say, infested with mosquitoes, smelled of cigarette smoke...
  • A shabby vacation rental and a missing refund

    A shabby vacation rental and a missing refund
    When Carol Swartz tries to check in to a condo in New Hampshire, she finds the unit in a state of disrepair. Now the site through which she booked the rental is refusing a refund, despite a written guarantee. Can it do that? Q: We just had a...