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Airlines Keep Sneaking Extra Fees To Boost Ticket Prices PDF Print E-mail


According to USA Today, just in time for the holidays, United, Delta and American are offering more favored boarding and luggage deals to passengers willing to pay extra. The airline nickel and diming continue, and could get worse.

The deals are similar to hotel resort fees, where the ads say you pay $99.99 for your room, but it actually costs $150 plus. There should be a special place in the afterlife for airline executives who think up these padded ticket scams. When they finally ride their heavenly flight, they should be squeezed into the last row, middle seat, no recline, next to the overflowing restroom. They should have a crying, soiled diaper baby on one side, and grossly fat flatulent elderly passenger holding a screeching therapy parrot on the other.

 
Treat All Travel-Related Unsolicited And Robo Calls As Scams PDF Print E-mail


When you pick up the phone, there’s a friendly voice, and it frequently begins with: How are you today? For your travel4seniors.com editor, the immediate reply is a loud curse and quick slam of the phone. That’s the safest way to protect yourself from being robbed.

However, if you cluelessly decide to listen, as millions of senior suckers do, the voice offers all kinds of goodies, often including that you’ve just won a free cruise. Of course, you should then realize the wise old saying: there’s no such thing as a free ocean ride.

The next step in the scam is requiring you to send in your credit card and other personal info. That’s when you’ve foolishly set yourself up for online robbery. Whenever you plan a voyage, always deal directly with the cruise line or a trusted travel agency.

 
Scooters Are Sidewalk Dangers To Strolling Senior Travelers PDF Print E-mail


This unposed photo by your travel4seniors.com editor illustrates how the no scooters on sidewalk sign is ignored by thoughtless riders of the grown-up kiddie toys. While adult and child walkers are trying to avoid racing scooters, they may stumble over a stack of abandoned ones spread across the sidewalk waiting for new reckless riders.

City scooters are supposed to be limited to 15 mph on the street, but single racers and mindless groups of them go much faster illegally on sidewalks. So, in your city travels, if you’re an elderly and physically challenged hiker, be alert for speeding scooters racing illegally on sidewalks and busy street intersections.

 
Old Sailor: Cruises Today Just Ain’t What They Used To Be PDF Print E-mail


Your travel4seniors.com editor remembers my first cruise. It was on a Navy transport APA during WW2 in 1944. Slightly different from today’s sailings with private cabins, shuffleboard and elegant dining. Back then, I snoozed with 100 other guys in four-high bunks, and lined up for chow slopped on tin trays. And when not swabbing the deck or standing watch, I was on the crew of a 20-millimeter anti-aircraft gun.

Since retirement, your travel4seniors.com editor has sailed on dozens of cruises, including USA rivers and oceans in Asia, Europe and the Americas. And not once did I have to swab the deck nor load anti-aircraft guns. If you’re thinking of cruising, whether a first sailing or 100th, scan today’s attractive ads online and in Sunday newspapers. Shake your landlubber legs and enjoy traveling the winding rivers and  ocean blue.

 
If You’re Stranded In Dulles The Night Before Christmas… PDF Print E-mail


Or at any other time. The Washington DC airport now offers comfy beddy-bye roomlets to passengers who must spend time there during the holidays and beyond.  The Sleepbox area is available for booking from a one-hour nap to overnight sleep.

The Sleepbox site is between airport gates A6 and A14, containing 16 small, stand-alone sound-proofed rooms, with access to public bathrooms. They can be reserved by Sleepbox website or app. Hourly rates are from $25 and $35 per hour. All through the nights are from $120 and $150, depending on size and upscale features. Of course, there’s no charge for snoozing on an empty bench or quiet hallway in the airport waiting area. For reservations and more info, go to www.sleepbox.com

 
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