UAL: Get your little butt back in line, kid!

Just when you thought airlines couldn’t come up with another scheme to make flying more miserable, United Airlines has done it.

UAL officials recently took a few moments away from drowning kittens and pulling puppy tails. Pleased with themselves, they announced that the privilege of early boarding for families with small children is over. They’ll now have to wait in line with the rest of coach passengers.

With airlines always finding reasons to earn extra bucks, some also charge for families who want to sit together in the cheap seats.

Of course, the new rules don’t apply if the family is willing to pay 4 or 5 times the coach price to sit in first class with the two-percenters. Then, as they board, they can also sneer at the peasants and mingle with the other rich people and government officials flying to Vegas conventions.

Seniors: Get Up, Get Out And Get In On All The Fun Of World Travel PDF Print E-mail

When we hit age 65, most of us are still in good enough shape to handle all the physical requirements of post-retirement travel. We can ride the camel in Egypt, bike along Monaco’s championship trails and swim with the dolphins in Acapulco.

However, the inevitable aging process slows us down in the next decade, and in the next and so on. Therefore, while you still can do it all and have the time, book that intercontinental flight to Singapore, go aboard a luxury liner to Spain and bask on the tropical beaches of Bermuda. The old saying is you only live once. Well, if you do it right, once is enough if you’ve spent those retirement years exploring the wonderful world around you.

San Francisco CA: Top Holiday Dining At The Top Of The Mark PDF Print E-mail

The historic restaurant above the Intercontinental Mark Hopkins Hotel on Nob Hill is the perfect place to celebrate the season. The Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas Day and Eve dining ($140) feature all the great holiday foods and drinks.

Some menu examples include delicious fresh seafood, duck, turkey, prime rib, baked ham, local ethnic favorites, fantastic desserts and much, much more. Of course, it all happens with 360-degree views of  the city, San Francisco Bay and Golden Gate Bridge. www.holidaysatthemark.com

Q&A: We Enjoy Las Vegas Airport Casino. Are There Others? PDF Print E-mail

Q: We travel frequently, and find airport waits getting longer and more bothersome. However, whenever we go to and depart from Las Vegas, we spend the delay times at the slot machines. Are there any other airports with similar gambling facilities? Jill, Pasadena CA

A: Yes, Amsterdam, Heathrow London and Reno airports have casinos. There are also others within just a short drive from airports, such as the Hard Rock near Ft. Lauderdale. Many airport operators around the world are considering getting into the gambling racket. With ever-growing flight delays and late arrivals, they can get income while passengers enjoy the waiting time.

Senior Travel Guru Rick Steves Pickpocketed In Paris PDF Print E-mail

In a recent USA Today article, the worldly guy you’d least expect to be robbed, admits it happened to him. The thief got Rick’s wallet containing credit cards, cash and driver’s license. Fortunately, he immediately took steps to protect himself by canceling the old IDs and getting new ones. Of course, the cash was gone forever.

Toronto, Ontario: New Year’s Eve & Canada 150th Birthday PDF Print E-mail

If all the massive holiday goings-on in New York and other U.S. cities are getting old to you, consider enjoying the annual event in beautiful Toronto. This year’s festivities mark the final moments of Canada’s century and a half celebration since it became a British territory.

The programs offer lots of great local food, local beers and other libations, live music, ice skating, fireworks and much, much more. Public transportation and attendance at the downtown outdoor celebration are free! www.seetorontonow.com/annual-events/new-years-eve-in-toronto


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