Best Travel News and Deals – January 19, 2010 – Haiti, Beat the Single Supplement, See Namibia, Frequent Flyer Miles, More Charges for Checked Bags

by brian on January 19, 2010

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Help Haiti through your travel connections: donate miles, points, money

Some more ways you can help Haiti. There will be more creative ways to help the people of Haiti, as this process of recovery and healing for the island nation will be happening for years to come.

Blame Canada: The Travel Detective on New Security Rules

Has anyone else encountered this? Canada limiting you to one small carry-on…and that’s it. In other words, no normal sized briefcases, no carry-on luggage that was fine a few weeks ago.

This forces you to check items you planned on taking on board with you, notably laptops, netbooks, cameras and other electronics. Bad for you, good for luggage handlers who would “misplace” your equipment. Briefcases though? Really?

Let’s see if this holds up with the Winter Olympics in Vancouver in a few weeks.

Blame it all on the Crotchbomber!

10 tips for avoiding the single supplement

If you travel solo you’ve run into the ‘single supplement’ when you’ve taken a group or package trip. It’s a fee tacked on because you’re not sharing a room in a hotel or cruise ship. Most accommodations were meant for double occupancy, and travel firms will get their money one way or another.

Obviously the best way to avoid this is to travel independently and book everything yourself. Sometimes you don’t have the time or the inclination to do that. Some other ideas on how to get around this extra cost.

This Week’s Travel Video
Namibia is one of those countries that didn’t come up on my radar until I had a friend start working there. Then I started seeing more about it. I always like to encourage people to visit countries on the African continent besides the usual suspects: Egypt, South Africa, Morocco, Kenya – all great places but there is so much diversity you are missing. Check it out.

Meet Mikey, 8: U.S. Has Him on Watch List

Just shows the issue with watch lists. If your name matches someone who is on a watch list, you are automnatically selected for additional screening EVERYTIME you fly, even though you’ve been repeatedly proven to not be the person they are looking for.

An 8 year old Cub Scout is obviously a different person than the one deemed a potential threat. Is there any way to have a picture, a birthdate, a description of the person with airport counter agents and security so that the innocent are not needlessly pulled aside everytime? Make no sense.

Delta and Continental to Charge More for Checked Bags

Remember the airlines like to play copycat. If you hear your favorite airline is raising prices on checked luggage you know which airlines started it first, so you know who to blame.

How to travel in style from Italy to Brazil for under £270? On an 18-day cruise…

This story talks about “repositioning cruises”, which are one-way trips ships need to do at the start and end of cruise season. So a ship that cruises the Mediterranean during the summer heads to South America for the winter and won’t come back to Europe until the next spring. Rather than steam south empty, cruise lines cut prices to fill the ships and drop passengers on a one way ticket to Brazil.

FYI – £270 = ~$450

A Gangland Bus Tour, With Lunch and a Waiver

I am conflicted about this. Why would I consider touring the favelas of Brazil but I don’t think I would tour these same types of areas of Los Angeles. Is it because Brazil is different and more ‘exotic’? Or is it because I don’t want to be reminded of these conditions in my own country?

Top Ten Tricks for Getting the Flights You Want with the Miles You Have

Excellent way to cut the cost of your next flight is to utilize those frequent flier miles. Airlines make it harder to redeem and sometimes let them expire if you don’t use them within a certain amount of time or follow some other arcane rules.

Businessman sues BA ‘for treating men like perverts’

This is something new. British Airways patrols the aisles before flights and if there is a male passenger sitting next to an unaccompanied child, BA asks the male passenger to move to a different seat. Presumably to prevent child abuse?

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