Airline seats: Would you pay extra to board first?

If you hate stomping at the crowded airline gate like horses ready for the race, there’s a way to pay so you can go aboard first. Southwest, the bargain airline with the no-reserve seats, has been doing it for several years. For $10, you can be part of its Early Bird Check-in, go aboard first, get your choice of seats and be first to stash your carry-on in an overhead bin.

Now, some of the reserved-seating airlines are offering the same. American’s Boarding and Flexibility Package permits passengers who buy their tickets online the same privilege. AA charges from $9 to $19 each way for early boarding. Other airlines have similar features. United’s "Premier Line" early boarding service costs $19, and Ryanair’s current early boarding charge is $5.

As with all airlines, the extra payment doesn’t actually mean you’ll be the very first aboard. Passengers with highest class tickets and the handicapped, as with all airlines, still continue to go on ahead of everyone else.

Travel Review: How I Became a Cruise Enthusiast PDF Print E-mail

As with all aspects of the travel industry trying to cope with today’s economy, cruise companies are lowering prices to attract customers. Now may be your best time to sign on to a luxurious cruise at bargain prices.

Use Your Summer Camp Buddy System While Traveling PDF Print E-mail
If you've been around as long as I have, you remember the opening line of that great Rodgers and Hammerstein song, "You'll Never Walk Alone" from "Carousel: When you walk through the storm, hold your head up high and don't be afraid of the dark. When traveling, you really should be afraid of the dark. However, if you're planning to go single, the first tip is that you never walk alone.
Make Fluffy's Flight the Cat's Meow, Not a CATastrophe PDF Print E-mail
If you’re planning a long winter flight to warmer climates, or just a week away from home, you may want that special family member, your cat, to go along with you. Get valuable how-to tips about cat air travel from the many websites that offer that information.
Visit London for a Big Helping of History PDF Print E-mail

London is a place of never-ending sights, sounds and history. Super-patriotic American song writer George M. Cohan wrote “Yankee Doodle Dandy”, “Give My Regards to Broadway” and "Over There". The author of “You’re a Grand Old Flag” said as he toured London, "If I had been born in England, I would've waved myself to death." 

Ten Safety Tips for Your Next Hotel Stay PDF Print E-mail
We travel to Las Vegas four or five times a year, and in busy 24-7 Sin City, where a lot of money changes hands, securing hotel safety is a necessary task. Travelers to anywhere in the world can profit by following these Las Vegas personal security rules:

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