Airline budget tickets still affordable with carryon 2017 fees?
In this new age of airline price changes for profit, every fee counts while also can prove to be sadly unexpected! If not careful with budget traveling, these fees can add up swiftly which could even equate to near, same or even over the more expensive airline(s) ticket(s)! Profit is all airlines bottom denominator which could wind up costing YOU a tidy sum!
The newest budget challenge is carry-on luggage fees on airlines offering "Basic Budget" type flight tickets. For even the more experienced traveler, the "NO FREE" carryon overhead luggage on some airlines can be a BUDGET BUSTER! Yep, some airlines are going to charge you for what USED to be a FREE carryon placed in the overhead bin if now traveling on some budget ticket plans!
Some travelers have been quite savvy with their light traveling budget strategies, meaning no extra charges for luggage. While bypassing the need to wait for luggage to hit the baggage claim area & avoiding the hassle of hauling around more, many also knew it could save them considerable money also. In some ticket class fares, on some airlines, beginning January 1, 2017, the money savings attributes are over!!
One simply needs to buy tickets, plan carefully & travel smartly! Perhaps it would prove cheaper to buy a more expensive class of ticket if you feel the luggage space is necessity. Another consideration is to wear several layers of nice clothing that would coordinate nicely with possible cheaper "local market" priced shopping at your destination that may equal to, or be even less, than the cost of fees charged for carry-on. Beware of the layers of clothing also as in 2016 I read "somewhere" that the type of clothing one wears might also come into question as to an extra charge (i.e. bulky, heavy coat, etc.). Your travel packing plans could depend on the type of trip you are planning (i.e. need of higher end brands & more change of clothes), or if you simply feel you must carry an abundance of luggage to make your trip enjoyable.
Another noteable hint is that a frequent business traveler having traveled with a certain carryon WAS an acceptable size for the overhead bin for the entire 2016 year, that EXACT piece of luggage may surprisingly NOT be size compatible as of January 1, 2017! Perhaps this is due to size change rules, or perhaps the airlines are monitoring more carefully in hopes of increasing profit even more! lt's quite likely that stuffing those side compartments to the max is not such a good idea anymore! While more research would offer the exact answer as to why, in lieu of that time spent, just make note size matters!
In any case, be aware of the changes at hand, now & future, while as always, read the fine print before buying your ticket! My motto for anything is to read the fine print/exclusions first, even before checking the actual details of the purchase.
~~ SAVVY TRAVELERS MAKE HAPPY TRAVELERS ~~ :)
Whether Episcopalian or otherwise, most everyone will find awe in these amazing photographs depicting the natural beauty in Maui, Hawaii! This service by "Trinity Episcopal Church by the Sea" offers the ultimate in beautiful simplicity. It's hard to exceed the natural amenities of the isle, if it can be discovered elsewhere at all.
During the years I called Hawaii my home, and several trips thereafter, I found myself at multitudes of events, almost always with extraordinarily gorgeous scenery. Everything from unexpected band performances, a simple stroll or a drive on an island road, a dive into the Pacific Sea or even catering to the tourist trade enjoys the magnificence of nature! Hawaii, one of the true paradises on this exquisite earth!
PHOTO CREDIT: L P-Noel
The idea of picking up several beautiful, quality panoranic postcards proved to be impulse perfect while strolling the amazing streets of Santorini, Greece! They were light, space-saving items that offered ease to pack for the return travel while providing awesome gifts!
Time & time again, my thought was how smart it would have been to purchase many more to sell for future extra travel funds! HINT: It would have been even more savvy to advance plan the purchasing of needed frames for gifts instead of paying the last minute hefty "not on sale" price for them after my return!
It was easy to whip up a little note (pictured below) that captured even more of the story behind the postcard. The recipients were quite surprised & happy to receive such a unique, beautiful & specialized gift!
It was then, I realized what a grand idea it would be to sell such a story-telling postcard! No, unfortunately, there were none left to offer for selling to others, but there will be next time if more of such quality panoramic postcards are spotted during future travels! :) :)
Although these blog pics are not exactly the best, they do give a rather good example. If you are a good photographer, & can take your own excellent panoramic photos, that could prove to be even better! These were on bordered, white, very high quality card stock.
HAPPY TRAVEL SHOPPING!
IN REMEMBRANCE OF 9/11
15 YEARS AFTER
The Sher Report commemorates the fallen, their families and others affected by 9/11 this fifteenth year after the horrific occurrence. Heartfelt thoughts go out to each impacted at the NYC World Trade Center, the Pentagon and United Airlines Flight 93 and theirs. May God bless them all and the United States of America.
If you didn't ADD, EXTEND or START your American Airlines AAdvantage miles yet, here's how you're missing out! THIS is what I did about 4 months ago (& many times years past).
1. Think about it, even if you use other means of acquiting points or extending expiration, this can still be an easy means to getting more!
2. A major U.S. bank notified cardholders a while back they no long will be crediting select airline miles... diversification is important to add or extend miles expirations!
3. This is NOT a survey scam as I have utilized this site for years!
1. Yes, terms & conditions can change anytime in today's world so get it what you can while you can!
2. This blog is not affiliated with American Airlines or its companies & is considered as information only to use at your discretion.
If you missed the June blog report telling you how, click the blue link & look for DON'T LOSE YOUR EXPIRING AA MILES ..... JUNE 6, 2016 BLOG POST.
While traveling in Athens, the shopping equated to nothing shy of extraordinary! The perfect place seemed to surface nearby within any intended destination, whether a local marketplace, posh designer shop or even a local open air food market.
There are shops offering designer fashions in both affluent and tourist areas. "Diversity never ceases to amaze me" in Greece. A prime example is this photo of a beautiful shopping location having been taken looking downward from a private complex at night and while overlooking the famous historical lighted Acropolis!
Typical shopping areas, within and around Athens, offer the ultimate Greek charm. Travelers can find themselves in awe with the unsparing unique shops that capture immense interest while history and art buffs will find bountiful intrigue. If looking for a nice place to buy gifts related to Greece, for others or even enhance your own décor, try visiting one of the areas similar to the one shown below. They are in abundance yet pleasant to shop while also offering a twist of unusual for the tourist. Art dealers are also often tucked throughout along with ample venues for a break with delectable foods.
Both the Greek Parthenon Decorator Magnet and Poseidon Art Print pictured below are prime examples of what can be purchased from a shopping market similar to the one pictured immediately above. There is only 1 available of each, whereby if interested in acquiring either, click on the link provided as "Items Available" towards the bottom that will take you to an affiliated website for further information & pricing pertaining to each.
Local open air food markets are plentiful for savory fresh fruits and vegetables. The assortment of fresh olives tend to feel unending. Keep in mind that most of these are specific to days they setup within select locations. Local citizens patronize these type places also as the Greeks are known to place emphasis on healthy menus. Many cultures can learn a lot just mingling among the locals.
Athens will not disappoint those that love to collect, pursue unusual decor pieces, shop or just browse! Some establishments welcome bargaining, so it never poses a negative to at least ask, done courteously. The mere variety of experiences around almost every corner will entice!
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