Current Airline Baggage Fees

U.S. Airlines Baggage Fees on Domestic Flights UPDATED MAY 2019 Alaska Airlines Checked Bags 1 – $25 2 – $25 3+ – $75 Overweight Bags 1 – $75 Oversized Bags 1 – $75 Carry On 1 – Free American Airlines Checked Bags 1 – $25 2 – $35 3+ – $150 Overweight Bags 1 –Continue reading “Current Airline Baggage Fees”

The Singapore MRT (Metro Rapid Transit)

One of the worlds truly great subway systems is the Singapore MRT and it is a solid innovator. Many of their systems are recognized and implemented worldwide. If you are lucky enough to get to Singapore for a visit you must use the MRT to get around the city. From the time you arrive atContinue reading “The Singapore MRT (Metro Rapid Transit)”

A FastPass Thru U.S. Immigration

Did you know there’s an App for that? I don’t even want to get into telling stories about coming home and getting delayed in Customs and Immigration. I’m sure we all have our stories. We were excited some time ago with the self-service kiosks that were being installed at a number of locations. After aContinue reading “A FastPass Thru U.S. Immigration”

Beating The Jones Act

Our One-Time Getting Around The Jones Act For a refresher on the Jones Act see Cruising and the Jones Act Here. Back in 2016 we booked a back-to-back set of cruises with Celebrity. The first cruise was an Alaska cruise starting in Seattle and finishing in Vancouver. The second cruise continued on from Vancouver andContinue reading “Beating The Jones Act”

U.S. Duty Free Policy (Update)

How much can I bring back to the U.S. duty-free? There is a lot of confusion about bringing back purchases from foreign countries duty free, especially liquor and tobacco, how much and from where. The following is from the web site of U.S. Customs: Duty-Free Exemption The duty-free exemption, also called the personal exemption, isContinue reading “U.S. Duty Free Policy (Update)”

Be Cautious While traveling

About a month ago some young people we know were traveling with an aunt in Italy and suffered a serious pickpocket event. The aunt was carrying a handbag while they were out sightseeing and later discovered that her wallet was stolen. Inside was cash, credit cards and train tickets. Fortunately she had left her passportContinue reading “Be Cautious While traveling”

Our Travel Books

Want to keep those travel photos where they will be safe and easy to access years from now? Have concerns about recollecting details of that great vacation? Want to remember names and addresses of favorite restaurants that you can recommend? We have an answer that fits our concerns perfectly. After each trip we take timeContinue reading “Our Travel Books”

Frequent Flyer Programs

It’s been forty years since I earned my first airline “mile”. These industry programs became almost universal over a few years and were pretty simple to understand. Fly a mile and earn a mile and after accumulating a specific number of miles get a free ticket. There were a number of subtle variations like ifContinue reading “Frequent Flyer Programs”

Cruise Line Loyalty Programs

Five cruise ships docked in Nassau If your future plans include more then an occasional cruise, you might want to consider focusing your bookings on a particular cruise line because of the loyalty programs they offer. Benefits can include discounts on or even free internet, laundry, photos, cocktail parties and fancy coffees. Some lines alsoContinue reading “Cruise Line Loyalty Programs”

Houseplant Care While Traveling

If you have indoor houseplants, they require care when you are away. Unlike cats and dogs, there is no kennel where you can take them and pay a set fee for someone to make sure they get the light and water they need. If you have caring neighbors, you may be able to make arrangementsContinue reading “Houseplant Care While Traveling”