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Southwest Airlines Adds On Another Sneaky Fee


Of course, all airlines are into the nickel-and-diming routine to boost income and exec salaries. The new SW charge, called Early Bird Check-In, will get you to a seat to grab before all those lined-up ABCD passengers behind you can scramble aboard.

The extra cost will be from $30 to $50, depending on length of the flight. Your travel4seniors.com editor still believes SW is the most economical way to fly within the USA. However, before making reservations on any airline, do your online homework to get the best possible ticket prices, including taxes, extra fees and other sneaky add-ons.

Q: Always Confused About Tipping. What Are The Rules? PDF Print E-mail


The more I travel around the world these days, the practice of leaving tips seems to get more complicated. Do you have some easy to understand rules? MAS, Tucson AZ

A: You’re usually OK to give 10 to 15% in cash after a meal, drink session, valet, home delivery and other services. If the server or something else irks you about the transaction, ask to speak to a manager before deciding not to tip. Ah, memories!

I was a Hot Shoppes car hop while a teen college student, and had a bare minimum salary. I depended on tips to earn decent money. For awhile, I was ok with the job. However, some customers didn’t tip and/or drove away without paying for the food. Some tossed the tray and dirty dishes crashing out the window. And I had to pay for the damage!

My solution was when I served the printed bill close to my face to drivers, and quoted a price a dollar or two above the actual amount. In that slightly-dishonest way, I was assured adequate tip money.

 
Emotional Support Air Pals Restricted To Trained Dogs PDF Print E-mail


If you’re planning to fly with your ever-lovin’ pony, cat, raccoon or other exotic animal, take warning. Many airlines are no longer allowing them to ride in the passenger section with you. The growth of non-canines getting free rides on flights has grown considerably over the past decades.

Originally they were all trained, licensed dogs. Now it includes every creature from pigs, birds, snakes, and other supposedly necessary helpers for their elderly and/or handicapped owners. Therefore, before you intend to fly with your beloved critter, be sure you check first with your travel agent and/or airline.

 
Princess Passengers Claim Bedbugs In Their Cabin PDF Print E-mail


Although the people were quickly moved to another cabin, the angry and itchy couple has filed a lawsuit against the cruise line. My spouse and I have sailed several times annually for more than 30 years, including with Princess, and never experienced bugs in beds at sea.

However, we still have a lasting memory of when it happened several years ago in a Las Vegas hotel. When we woke up on the first morning of our visit, we both felt pain and itching in our legs. When we pulled down the covers, we saw blood spots on the sheets, bite marks on our legs and several of the nasty little bugs.

We immediately called the front desk, and in several minutes an employee arrived with a spray gun. While he worked, we were invited to move to a room down the hall. Furious, we had the guy spray our suitcases, packed and stormed out of the hotel without paying for the night.

What to do if it happens to you in a hotel? Of course, immediately wash and disinfect any wounds caused by the bedbugs. Forget about moving to another room, and leave the hotel as quickly as possible. If you’re on a cruise and experience bugs, you must demand you’re given another cabin that has been thoroughly disinfected. As for a lawsuit, contact an attorney as soon as you get away from the hotel or off the ship.

 
Tokyo, Japan: Make Plans Now For 2020 Summer Olympics PDF Print E-mail


The busy city is already one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. And now that one of the major sports events of the decade is scheduled to happen there, hotels and other facilities are already jammed with reservations. If you’ll be there for the popular event, start making your bookings and other plans now!

If you’ll be in Japan during the Olympics schedule from Friday, July 24 through Sunday, August 9, it’s not too early to start your reservations now. Already high hotel rates will only go higher, and as the Olympics approach, everything in Tokyo will get much less available and more expensive. Make your plans with a trusted travel agent or online service that will assure you the best and most economical in everything in the Japanese capital, including travel schedules, hotel, dining and other needs for an Olympian-sized journey.

 
First Time Cruiser? Get Expert Help In Planning Best Choices PDF Print E-mail


If it will be your intro to ocean sailing, do it with an a experienced travel agent. You'll have a much better chance to enjoy a great cruise, and get better prices and other benefits.

Further, if at any time you have a problem during the cruise, you have an advocate there to help solve the glitch ASAP.  Of course, the cruise line wants as much of your money as possible. Always remember, a good travel agent is on your side, usually for little or no additional charges.

 
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