There ought to be a law against what some airlines are doing to their customers. British Airways recently announced they are going to add one more seat in each row of economy class on their Boeing 777’s that fly internationally. Passengers already feel like sardines when they fly in coach class and now they will take away an additional 2 -3 inches of width in every seat so that the bean counters at BA can be happy. With the airlines making billions of dollars can’t they have a little compassion for their customers?
Warning – Get your passport renewed before the avalanche hits in 2017 –
Millions of new passports were issued in 2008 as new laws required Americans to have passports to travel to Canada, the Caribbean and Mexico. Passports have a 10 year life and many countries will not let you enter if you have less than 6 months left on your passport before it expires. This means we are expecting a massive wave of people renewing their passports in 2017 and the time it takes to renew is expected to jump from 4-6 weeks up to as much as 10 weeks for passport renewal turnaround. So pull out your passport from the bottom drawer and check to see if it expires in the next 12 months. If it does then you better start moving fast to renew
Steve’s Travel Tip #103 – Try taking your carry-on luggage onboard instead of gate checking on small regional jets –
I never check in luggage and have for decades always taken carry-on luggage for my travels. This works great when you fly in a full-size jet that has overhead luggage bins large enough to hold your luggage above your seat. But if you fly on a small regional jet the overhead bins are too small for your carry-on luggage and they ask you to gate check the luggage. This works great until you have a tight connecting flight and have to wait the 10 minutes before they bring you your carry-on at the end of the gangway. Before I got on my flight Monday I checked and saw the flight had two empty rows of seats. I simply took my luggage with me and put it under the seat across the aisle that was empty. When I got to my connecting city I did not have to wait for my luggage to be delivered to the gangway. Try it. You’ll like it.
Great airfares to Europe this winter as low as $500 –
United and American Airlines both have amazing prices for travel this winter to Europe. I found several cities in Italy and Scandinavia as low as $500 round trip. Call one of our friendly travel advisors at 402-435-8888 to find out about these great prices.
Some airline pilots make less than a cook at McDonalds –
The major airlines pay their pilots extremely well with many pilots making over $100,000 a year. However you would probably be as surprised as I was to find out that many small regional jet airlines (planes with less than 100 seats) pay their pilots as little as $24,000 a year. The good news is that pilot pay is on the rise across the board. Southwest just announced they are raising their pilot pay almost 30% over four years. The good news for small regional jet pilots is there is a shortage of pilots and that is causing some airlines to in some cases double the pay for their pilots. Besides, the last thing I want to hear from the cockpit is, “would you like to super-size this?”
Is it safe to fly on Allegiant Airlines? –
The Tampa Bay Times recently did an exhaustive investigation of the safety record of the low cost airline and came to the very scary conclusion that “Allegiant Air’s aircraft are four times as likely to fail during flight as those operated by other U.S. airlines. Further, “In 2015, Allegiant jets were forced to make unexpected landings at least 77 times.” The average age of planes in Allegiant’s fleet is 22 years old compared to less than half that with other airlines. Both Allegiant and the government say the airline is safe to fly. As for me, based on this investigation, I am not very confident.
Attend our FREE CRUISE TRAVEL NIGHT tomorrow, November 9! –
Please join us for a FREE and exciting Travel Night tomorrow, November 9 at 6:30pm, at the Piedmont Bistro, 1265 S Cotner Blvd, Lincoln, NE 68510.
We will feature three breathtaking cruises to Hawaii, Alaska and an amazing Fall Foliage Cruise from New York City to New England and Canada, all with departures next year. Space is limited, so do not hesitate to contact us to reserve your spot. Call 402-458-9845 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to tell us how many are in your party. Click on the destination below to see the full details of these once-in-a-lifetime cruises: HAWAII, ALASKA, FALL FOLIAGE. We are looking forward to seeing you!
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