Travel Deals and News – April 13, 2010 – Spirit Airlines Carry-On Fees, Thailand Protests 2010, Travel Booking Mistakes, Worst Cities for Connections

by brian on April 13, 2010

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Thailand protests’ deadly turn deepens tense conflict

I always say that the 3 Bs of protests – bullets, bricks and bottles – don’t discriminate during demonstrations. Thailand was a place you could go and if you were a tourist you didn’t worry about the protests. The protests were never about the visitors and visitors never worried get injured. In fact, Thailand perfected the “bloodless coup.”

Until now.

Some would recommend not going to Thailand. From everything I’ve read and seen from folks in Bangkok and other parts of Thailand it is safe to go to the country. Bangkok appears to be the only places the clashes are happening…right now. But if you’re uncomfortable, the other countries of Southeast Asia are perfectly fine places to explore.

The 10 Most Common Travel Booking Mistakes

A good list to look at before booking your next travel arrangement. One thing mentioned was the mistake of not looking at reviews online. I advocate that but I also know many don’t because they don’t trust the reviews. How do you know that the owner of an establishment is not putting in fake reviews to boost its rankings?

You don’t.

You have to always take online reviews with a grain of salt. And if you see 90 glowing reviews and 10 bad ones, you really want to focus on the bad ones. Are these legitimate gripes or are they nitpicking at things that would not bother you? You have to use your judgement but I still favor review sites like TripAdvisor and Yelp just to get a feel for things.

Holiday Inn charges customers by how much they weigh

I was joking about the airlines having a public weigh-in before you get on board to charge you a corresponding fare for the ticket. As if I can imagine these things, one Holiday Inn (no, not the entire chain) is charging 60 cents US per pound to encourage customers to take care of themselves.

I’m telling you, it’s coming to planes….

The 10 worst cities in the world to make your connection

Chicago and New York are mentioned and I would say stay away from the Northeast and Midwest United States during the heat of the summer months and the deep freeze of winter. Among the weather conditions you’ll find – thunderstorms, hail, icy wings, mound of snow, fog. The delays from Boston to Washington and going west toward Chicago cascade through the rest of the United States and the rest of the world.

Sleeping passenger left on plane at YVR

Home Alone? Except this is on a plane…with a grown man. I always like to wake people on the buses and planes when everyone else is ignoring them. You never know where someone is going to end up.

Travel Video of the Week
Travel Rant – Spirit Airlines charging for carry-ons
Many were up in arms about Spirit’s proposal to charge up to $45 for carry-ons. One such person was inspired to rant about it in video. Needless to say this guy needs to catch his breath after nearly 2 1/2 minutes of breathless ranting and raving.

Women try to take body on plane at Liverpool airport

A lot of stories taking on 80s movie themes. Remember “Weekend at Bernie’s”? Take that movie plot and put it on a plane. I still have no idea if they knew he was dead and tried to get him to Germany for much less than taking him in a casket.

Michael O’Leary, CEO of Pay-per-Pee Airline Ryanair

While Spirit Air in the US is catching heat for its carry-on baggage fees, Ryan Air is notorious in Europe for its no-frills flights and charging for every conceivable thing. Here are some antedotes about one of the world’s most famous and notorious airline executives.

7 things I hate about travel

If you’re like me, you love travel. But nothing is perfect. This is a post on what aggrevates even the most positive and fun loving traveler.

BONUS Travel Video
What Happens When You Tickle a Koala

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Jeremy Jones April 13, 2010 at 8:47 PM

That Spirit Airlines fiasco is just horrendous. I can understand trying to make money on the excess weight, but they should do it some other way. I mean they could limit the max weight limit on carry-ons to 15lbs or something then charge excess weight. That way people can still bring on free items and still get revenue. But what do I care, I don't fly Spirit anyway.


brian April 14, 2010 at 11:09 AM

@Jeremy Jones
Ah Jeremy but we should care because if Spirit starts Aug 1 and gets away with it, expect all the other airlines to follow suit.

Remember how the checked baggage fees started. It was one or two and then the others followed suit when they realized how much revenue they could get.


MaryJoCrazy April 14, 2010 at 11:34 PM

This is a great page. Loved the bit about the woman + body + airplane scenario!


Debbie April 15, 2010 at 1:48 PM

I love Featherdale!! It was one of my favorite experiences in Australia :)


brian April 19, 2010 at 2:18 PM

Truth is stranger than fiction right? Glad you enjoyed. Come on back.

I like that you can get up and close with the animals. But I always imagined that the koala would just jump on her face!


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