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Do You Know the Score?

The Consumer Federation of America has put together a 20-question quiz about credit scores. Most people only score about 70 on the test, so we've got more to learn.

Best/Worst Airlines for Booking Award Travel

airplane For years you have accumulated frequent flier miles on your favorite airline. Now, with airfares so high, you decide you want to cash in miles for a free trip. What are the odds of getting a seat on the date and flights you want? According to this study (see chart), it depends on the airline you choose. On Southwest, you'll fly whenever you want, but on Delta, three out four times you'll be out of luck.

Cutting the Cost of "Free" Air Tickets

Even if you are able to find a frequent flier seat, airlines have begun charging extra miles or imposing a variety of fees on those "free" seats. Here are ways to save money and miles when booking a frequent flier seat.

Thanks for Good Customer Service

roses Here's a place to publicly thank customer-oriented companies for providing good service. MrConsumer had extraordinary service from Aldi, Vistaprint, Stop & Shop Pharmacy, and SurveyGizmo recently. See what they did, or better yet, add your own compliment about a different company that gave you great service. [No whining allowed.]


Consumer Quickies

  • 5 Products with Over-Hyped Health Claims
  • FTC Judge Rules: POM (Not So) Wonderful
  • Condo Associations in MD Liable under Consumer Laws
  • Study: Meat is for Masculine Men, Veggies are for Wimps
  • Beware Debit Card Scam on Facebook, Google Mail, etc.
  • Families May Not Get Seats Together on Flights
  • Direct Primary Care for Just $54 a Month?!
  • CFPB Considers Promulgating Prepaid Card Rules
  • How to Save on "Free" Airline Tickets
  • Sony and Samsung Restrict Discounting at Stores
  • NYC Salons Fined for Charging Men/Women Differently
  • Not Siding with Consumers: FCC Chief Backs Metered Internet
  • JC Penney's New Pricing Strategy Backfires
  • Wacky Warning Label Contest Finalists
  • What's Worse than a Debt Collector? A Fake One!
  • Oy Vey, Who Schmeared Milk on the Pareve Chocolate Chips?
  • Generic Plavix Prices All Over the Map
  • 3 Myths about What Customers Want
  • How to Save on Pet Care Costs
  • 10 Things Worth Paying More For

    CW Exclusives

  • Many ATMs and Fare Machines Shortchange the Blind
  • Shoppers Fear Double Coupons Will Disappear
  • Pink Slime-Laced Ground Beef Disappearing Fast
  • Survey: Metric Measurements on Food Nutrition Labels Mislead Many
  • 2011 Return Policy Survey
  • Sears Caught Cramming Service Contracts onto Appliance Orders
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 Tablet Reviewed
  • Groceries Price Comparison Survey: Drugstores vs. Supermarkets
  • Flaw Lets Hackers Spoof Your Caller ID to Gain Access to Your Credit Card Account History at Major Banks
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Tablet Reviewed
  • Different Prices Coming for Cash vs. Plastic

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    Monday Only: 24 Bottles of Water - $1.99

    At Walgreens on Memorial Day only, "Nice" water is $1.99 for a case of 24 bottles (16.9 oz. each) -- lowest price of the year. While we're not a proponent of bottled water, it is good to have at the beach.

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