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Southwest makes a sour savings decision

In an attempt to cut back on its already bare-bones services, some beancounter at Southwest came up with a brilliant plan. The airline figures it can save $100,000 a year by not serving lemons with its booze on flights. And Southwest isn’t the only skinflint in the sky. American Airlines hopes to save $40,000 annually by omitting olives from its salad servings.

Stay tuned, because more silly savings may be on the way. Should we expect that, in an attempt to wipe away its budget problems, Delta will omit toilet paper from its onboard bathrooms?

Las Vegas NV: Dinner at Gordon Ramsay Steak PDF Print E-mail


Guest Senior Correspondent Jack L., Chicago IL: The restaurant is inside the elegant Paris resort on the Las Vegas Strip. There are two levels, with a large, sweeping staircase leading to the upper dining room. There’s also a bar, surrounding lounge and private dining rooms.

My appetizer was the bouche colcannon, an Irish traditional dish, with red wine braised cabbage croquettes. Next was beets, roasted with house-made ricotta cheese, lettuce, oyster mushrooms under a champagne vinaigrette, plus pumpernickel bread.

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How To Get The Best Airline Seats PDF Print E-mail


Guest Correspondent Marian McF., Fresno CA: We fly mostly on Southwest and buy the cheapest tickets. Because SW is a no-seat assignment airline, it takes a bit of strategy. At check-in, SW clerks assign passengers before flights to waiting lines marked A, B, C and D.

It’s advantageous to book boarding passes on line from 24 hours before the flight. If you’re late to get your online boarding pass just an hour before flight time, your chances are that it will be a B, C or last-to-board D pass holders.

Passengers with A passes are boarded first. If the SW flight originates in your city, A passes allow you to choose just about any seat you want. If your city is a stop-over. and passengers already aboard, as an A ticket, at least you'll have first choice of the best available seats.

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5 Uniquely Different International Hotel Options PDF Print E-mail


Looking for something different, consider spending travel nights in strange and exotic places. Instead the traditional hotel and motel rooms, try snoozing surrounded by ice, high up a tree, in a grounded jet or locked in a former political prison.

Latvia: Karosta Prison is in Liepaja. When built in 1900, the prison and naval port base were in Imperial Russia. Then, from the 1920s it was operated by the Soviet Union until 1990. The imposing structure on the Baltic coast gives guests a taste of imprisonment.

Before going to luxury hotel rooms, they experience dank cells that are sparsely equipped with bunks or floor mattresses. Adding to the prison atmosphere, hotel employees are dressed in vintage Russian military uniforms. Arriving guests are marched to their cells.

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California: The Beverly Hills Hotel, Then and Now PDF Print E-mail


Thoughts of my first visit to the 104-year-old Beverly Hills Hotel (9641 Sunset Boulevard, Beverly Hills CA) go back more than six decades. Following two years of active duty after being recalled by the Navy during the Korean War, your travel4seniors.com editor settled in Los Angeles in 1953.

Reporting at a local newspaper then didn't go much beyond paying rent and other basics, but did have benefits. One was covering events at the Beverly Hills Hotel. It had been the site of many elegant events since its opening in 1912 at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Beverly Drive. Famed movie stars of that era and the present have slept there in its luxurious suites and dined at its elegant eateries.

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Los Angeles CA: Enjoy A Great Golf Getaway PDF Print E-mail


Guest senior editor Jason W., Santa Monica CA: The days of my exotic golf travel adventures to Hawaii, Scotland, Australia and other faraway links are over. Now, I prefer to take weekend golf getaways in the Los Angeles area.

In my sunset years, sometimes I enjoy the combination of a luxury hotel, fine dining and a weekend of golf. Here are suggestions for great Los Angeles golf escapes:

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