Thanks, Conde Nast Traveler, for the advice on getting a good seat on Continental, but…


Wendy Perrin, who left Conde Nast Traveler last year, says the magazine “continues to recycle material I wrote years ago and pass it off as current,” even though much of the information is outdated and, I’d say, makes the magazine look foolish.

For example, the how-to piece above includes tips on getting a seat on Continental Airlines, which is no longer around. (It merged with United in 2010.)

From the article posted on April Fools’ Day:

When I flew to Boston on Continental last week, I ended up in what I consider to be the best seat on the plane: an aisle seat in the emergency exit row, which meant I had extra legroom. It’s definitely not frequent flier status that got me there, though, since I have zero status with Continental. I got there because when I arrived at the gate, I asked the gate agent if an exit row seat was available.

Conde Nast Traveler updated the post yesterday – after being contacted by Perrin – to note that it originally appeared in 2008.

“This just doesn’t seem right” that Conde Nast continues to use a former staffer’s work, one of the travel writer’s Facebook friends writes. Perrin notes that “I was an employee of Conde Nast, so they own everything I wrote for them.”

* “Conde Nast Traveler continues to recycle material I wrote years ago…” (

New: A travel tip from an LAT reader that’s all wet (@moorehn)

Update – LEE AITKEN sends this email: “I can attest to CNT using dated copy. In 2006 they assigned me a piece on the Atlantic islands off France, paid for it, then held for nearly four years. It suddenly became a cover story in early 2010, and they tasked a London-based freelancer with fact-checking it in mid-winter, when the summer-season places I mentioned would have been closed in any case. Hard to defend the motto “truth in travel” under those circumstances.”