In the era of low-cost, no-frills airlines, travelers have become accustomed to forking over extra cash for extra services such as checked bags, seat selection and in-flight meals, but one service they probably didn’t anticipate paying even more for is, well, service. Having to pay for in-flight food and drinks isn’t incredibly novel, but tacking on an extra payment for the previously complimentary service is a curious new development from Frontier Airlines (https://www.flyfrontier.com/).
As of January, the U.S.-based budget airline announced passengers would be given the opportunity to tip flight attendants when they pay for drinks or snacks. When paying by credit card, passengers will notice a new screen that prompts them to leave a 15, 20 or 25 percent tip, or to leave no tip at all. They can also leave a custom gratuity amount if they feel their service deserved below or above the standard tip amounts.
At the end of the flight, the total from the tips is dispersed equally among flight staff and is not funneled to the airline in any way. Flight attendants can count on this extra perk as supplementary income in addition to their normal salaries.
Barcelona has seen a recent influx of craft cocktails bars within the past five years or so, and Sant Antoni seems to be one of the city’s epicenters of such swanky watering holes. Amid the crisscross streets, organic grocery stores and the soon-to-open, recently renovated Sant Antoni market is Bitter, an inconspicuous cocktail bar where there’s more than meets the eye.
We can see it now and remember when it happened to us: Watching as the black car icon loops around and around, seemingly endlessly, and our wait time on the rideshare app continually changes. Long wait times and confused drivers are just a few bothersome issues that can nag at rideshare users. Need a solution? Ditch rideshares altogether in favor of renting a car on your next trip.
Friends and family members of travelers are always looking for the right gift. It’s hard to find something that will surprise a traveler and also be something they use often. Many are trying to look past the typical gifts travelers get, such as notebooks and pens, and looking more toward destination-specific or more unique items. Gift giving can be difficult for some that don’t know what a traveler is looking for or needs, but these three gifts are a great starting point.
Once business concludes, a world of wonder awaits in many of Italy’s incredible cities.