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New App Lets You Switch Rental Cars on the Spot

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/20/2016, 12:15 PM

Rental car company Avis introduced a new mobile app last week designed to give customers more control over the car-choosing process. If you're unhappy with the car assigned to you, you can pick another on the spot by swiping through images of the available inventory until you find a make and model more to your liking. You can also use the app to extend or shorten your rental agreement or summon...

Airbnb Vows to Root Out Racism, but Blocks Ability to Sue

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/20/2016, 12:30 PM

Airbnb has responded to complaints from some users that they've had trouble booking rooms on the popular online vacation-rental site because of their race. The evidence isn't just anecdotal, either; in December, Harvard University (PDF) researchers found that guests with African-American-sounding names had a difficult time renting rooms through the site. Now Airbnb vows to weed out hosts w...

Guy Builds NYC Igloo, Charges $200 on Airbnb

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/25/2016, 7:00 PM

It's chilling proof that not every listing on Airbnb is high-quality: After last weekend's snowstorm, which laid more than two feet of snow on New York City, a Brooklyn man built an "igloo" in his front yard—and listed it for rent for $200 a night, reports Metro. No bathroom, no electricity, plastic-covered pillows, and a roof that may not last until the end of the day—oh, Brooklyn. Your c...

When Travel Vendors Demand Your Home Address, Do You Have to Give it?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/26/2014, 9:00 PM

How much do they have the right to know about you?   Because I travel so much, I use a post office box. It's a simple security trick that I recommend to everyone who travels. First, it'll hold your mail for you. But just as important, if you use a P.O. box for your primary address then it's much harder for crooks you meet on the road to realize you're not home and burgle you. ...

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