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The Elliott Confidential Podcast

32 EpisodesProduced by Christopher ElliottWebsite

A podcast by consumer advocate Christopher Elliott. For more information and to get exclusive early access, go to Elliott Confidential:

32 Episodes | 2020 - 2022

What to do in an emergency

April 9th, 2022


In this episode of the Elliott Confidential podcast, we talk about how to survive an overnight flight from Africa. Plus, how to deal with an …

We overstayed our welcome. Here's what happened next.

April 2nd, 2022


We stayed in Cape Town, South Africa, for two months. That’s way too long. In our latest podcast, we talk about what we did just before we left.

Let’s just say things got … interesting.

Also, we’ll tell you where we’re …

He threatened to knock our heads off. So we made a podcast about him.

March 27th, 2022


OK, technically, he threatened to “knock our ugly heads off our shoulders” — and he dropped a couple of “F”-bombs, too.

Our crime? I was filming my …

Secrets for having a better road trip

March 19th, 2022


In this week’s podcast, we talk about road trips — where to go, how to take them, what to avoid. We’ve spent the better part of the last decade on the road, so we have a lot to say.

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Our African adventure continues

February 27th, 2022


Hey, we made it to episode 2 of our podcast! Here’s what happened when we visited South Africa’s townships last week. Plus, we’ll tell you about our Jeep adventure and what we found when we headed out into the Atlantic.

Out of South Africa

February 20th, 2022


For the podcast reboot, I decided to get out of town — way out of town. We’re in Cape Town, South Africa, a 20-hour flight from our home airport.

Here’s my unscripted discussion with the boys, Aren and Iden Elliott, …

How to predict the future*

July 10th, 2021


Good sources can help you make an accurate prediction about this summer travel season -- and beyond. I'll share my tips on how to find reliable sources. (*Or how to get reasonably close.)

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Is it safe to travel yet?

June 27th, 2021


It's one of the most common questions: Is it safe to travel yet? The answer is no -- and yes. As Europe sets to reopen, here are my thoughts.

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This is how technology is destroying your vacation

June 20th, 2021


A new ad claims AIs are ruining your vacation. But it's much worse than that. The travel industry's tech problems were on full display last week. …

What to do about fakes

June 13th, 2021


The travel industry is filled with fakes. But no one knew the cost of the bogus reviews, blog posts filled with affiliate links, and influencer content. Until now. Here's what these fakes mean to your bottom line -- and …

Why are airline passengers so mad?

June 6th, 2021


It happened again on Friday. An angry passenger screaming "STOP THE PLANE!" tried to break into the cockpit on a Delta Air Lines flight from Los Angeles to Nashville. The crew restrained him, and the flight diverted to …

What they won't tell you about the return of travel

May 30th, 2021


Travel is back -- but not like you remember it. Some parts have returned, others haven't. It's almost like a favorite character in a zombie movie who makes a surprise appearance at the end. Did he turn? In this case, …

Why the summer travel predictions are wrong

May 23rd, 2021


You've probably heard a lot about the upcoming travel season. They're saying pent-up demand will lead to a sold-out summer. And book now before it's …

Here comes the travel boom

May 16th, 2021


Take cover! The travel boom is almost here. Experts have been predicting it for months, warning that pent-up demand for travel would lead to a …

Get a vaccination ... or else!

May 9th, 2021


If you want to visit Europe this summer, you have no choice. If you want to take a cruise, you don't either. And you'll probably need one if you want to see Canada, too. You'll have to get a COVID-19 vaccination --  and …

What to do about mask confusion

May 2nd, 2021


If you're not confused yet about mask requirements, just take a trip. You will be. Last week, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued new …

You may not leave the country

April 25th, 2021


The U.S. State Department's announcement last week that it added more than 100 countries to its “Level Four: Do Not Travel” advisory list seemed almost routine. The government adjusted its classifications to "better …

What the tourism recovery actually looks like

April 18th, 2021


If you want to know what the tourism recovery looks like, you have to visit a theme park. Not just any theme park, but the bellwether of American tourism, Walt Disney World in Orlando. So that's what I did. (Editing by …

Yes, you have my permission to travel

April 4th, 2021


You have my permission to travel again. But some restrictions apply. Five months ago, I urged you to stay home. COVID-19 cases were surging, and the outlook was bleak. And yet some parts of the travel industry acted as …

The most dangerous places to travel this spring

March 28th, 2021


If those crazy pictures of Miami Beach during spring break aren't enough to give you second thoughts about spring break, maybe this will: I have an exclusive list of places in the United States where the risk of …

Has the TSA lost it?

March 21st, 2021


The TSA is a bloated, incompetent agency that's expanding. What could make it even worse? Mistreating its customers. A case that crossed my desk …

America needs a vaccine passport now

March 16th, 2021


It's time for a vaccine passport in the United States. But not for the reason you're thinking.

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This is the travel industry's secret pandemic recovery plan

March 8th, 2021


You'll probably hate the travel industry's secret pandemic recovery plan. The strategy is clear: First, demand a generous taxpayer bailout. Then, raise prices. (Produced by Aren Elliott.)

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Nine million reasons to listen to this episode

February 28th, 2021


Nine million airline passengers. That's how many people had a problem with a ticket refund last year, according to new numbers reported by the Department of Transportation (DOT). A staggering 89,518 people wanted their …

How airlines plan to keep $13 billion of your money

February 21st, 2021


It was a gift that seemed too good to be true. During the early days of the pandemic, the airline industry offered passengers who wanted to cancel their flights a generous ticket credit, valid for up to 24 months. It …

Proposed travel restrictions could a kill fragile recovery

February 14th, 2021


The Biden administration has floated two ideas to curb the deadly new COVID-19 strains. Both of them would almost certainly protect Americans, but …

Travel companies send the wrong message during the pandemic

February 7th, 2021


It isn't just some travelers who are acting like the pandemic never happened. A few travel companies are, too. They encourage dangerous activities like flying long distances, hanging out in a sports bar, and attending a …

Are we about to go too far?

January 31st, 2021


The CDC's new mask mandate makes sense. But a testing requirement under consideration won’t fly.

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Problem Solved: Anthony's been banned by Airbnb

February 21st, 2020


Anthony's account has been locked by Airbnb. What did he do? And is there any way to get un-banned?

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Problem Solved: Liam didn't get his Priceline room

February 14th, 2020


What happens when you book a hotel room and then don't get it? You get to be featured on Problem Solved, that's what.

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Problem Solved: Christina is not chill with her Sears refrigerator

February 7th, 2020


What happens when your refrigerator breaks down, and then the replacement breaks down, and then that replacement breaks down? This.

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Problem Solved: Jocelyn's treadmill disaster

January 20th, 2020


Jocelyn Benson’s new NordicTrack doesn’t work, despite her best efforts. Can she persuade the company to give her a refund for the treadmill?

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