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Scottsdale AZ: Enjoy Winter Holidays In Desert Warmth PDF Print E-mail

While most holiday celebrants around the country must cope with icy cold weather, this Arizona resort brings both warmth and holiday fun to its guests. The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess does everything to make the holidays traditional inside, while tall decorated cacti beam with millions of brilliant lights and decor.

Featured are Santa's secret headquarters, ice-skating rink, kiddie trains, Santa and his crew. Christmas at the Princess festival runs from November 20 through December 30. Sip, Savor & Celebrate holiday packages, starting from $309 per room, include a $75 daily resort credit and express access to some of the holiday attractions. For more info, go to www.scottsdaleprincess.com/Seasonal-Events/Christmas-at-the-Princess

#TipTheBillChallenge Encourages 100% Waiter Tips PDF Print E-mail

Senior travelers often are confused about tipping. In a few countries, it’s forbidden and factored in with the price of the meal or drink. In almost all other parts of the world, the diner and drinker are expected to leave a tip after satisfactory service.

So, how much should you tip? It depends on service, total amount and other factors. The most general answer if from 15 to 20 percent of the bill. Your travel4seniors.com editor remembers car hopping at a Hot Shoppe in Philly way back as a college student. With all our running around the parking lot, we were lucky to get 10 percent. And not so lucky when the no-tip car drivers tossed their empty plates and trays at us as they raced away.

Food servers, both indoor and outdoor, work hard and deserve a tip. Sometimes a generous one can be a happy surprise. Recently, some very generous diners have been leaving 100 percent tips through the #TipTheBillChallenge, and bragging about it on social media. Hey, where were you back when I was slaving at the Hot Shoppe?

USA Today: Las Vegas Cheapest For Thanksgiving & Christmas Travel PDF Print E-mail

Of course, hotels and restaurants in popular holiday vacation locations in the US, including New York, Miami, San Francisco and Los Angeles, jack up their prices 50% and more for end-of-year travelers. Rooms costing $150 in other months go for $250 and more. Dinners that are usually $20 cost $50 and up.

So, if you plan to travel during the holiday season, take the USA Today advice and consider Sin City. It offers world class entertainment without the huge ticket prices of Broadway. Rooms are cheaper than in the big cities, and there are the famous all-you-can-eat buffets at bargain prices.

Of course, the Las Vegas bargains are not all offered by the city’s casino bosses out of human kindness. They know you’ll gamble away those savings and your family fortunes at the tables and slot machines.

Big Deal! Southwest Now Shows Free Movies In Flight PDF Print E-mail

How many flying seniors remember 30 or so years back when movies were projected on small screens up front of the passenger cabin? You could hear the sound track on the earphones plugged into your seat, but could only squint at the teeny images way, way up there. Not much different than little screens on 1950s television sets.

Now, as with some competing airlines, SW has ended the $5 charge for watching in-flight movies on seat back screens. The programs can always be prerecorded at home and seen on personal devices, such as smartphones. Also, SW passengers can now watch live TV broadcasts and some first-time entertainment videos on seat back screens.

USA Today: Gas Prices Will Drop Sharply This Month PDF Print E-mail

In some areas of the US, the report claims you’ll be able to fill up at less than $2 a gallon in early November. Of course, we can’t expect the lower rates to continue into the holiday season. That’s traditionally when the greedy Saudis and their overpaid US oil exec pals once again raise them to the robbery prices.

If you haven’t already switched to an all-electric car, do your best to fight the annual holiday price increases at the pump. Drive less, share rides and patronize stations with the lowest prices. And when the rates rise again, tell all in the business, from neighborhood gas station owners to national politicians, how you feel about the annual robbery.


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