With airlines removing once-included services like baggage and in-flight meals, airfare costs decreased. But while this price drop is popular among travelers, airlines must look for new ways to cut costs in order to maintain a profit.
To stay competitive, low-cost airlines trimmed included amenities. Rather than forking over extra dough to choose a seat with extra legroom (typically more expensive to reserve than a standard seat), guests will have to take a chance and receive a randomly assigned seat, which may be the dreaded middle seat or in the back of the plane.
Before this major dip in airfare, passengers could expect a meal of at least two courses (one shortly after take-off and one before landing), but now meals are no longer a given. Passengers can either pay extra and pre-order in-flight meals or bring their own snacks/meals on board, which may add extra bulk to carry-on bags.
Another negative side effect of insanely low airfare is a more crowded flying experience.
Airlines may need to adjust schedules and remove a few routes to save costs, leaving a higher likelihood all the seats on your next flight will be full. What’s more, these enticing prices may encourage people to travel more and fill airplanes more quickly than they used to.
Traveling to exotic locales often means contending with unusual weather. Americans tend to enjoy a fairly moderate climate, which means your body doesn’t always adapt when you head to places like Africa or South America. So, how do you keep yourself from sweating and stinking up a new city? Try these tips.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.
I arrived in Dallas on a cloudy afternoon and, luckily, traffic was light as I drove my rental car into the city in just less than 30 minutes. The Hotel Joule was built in the 1920s in the Neo-Gothic style and is a city landmark in the heart of the business district.
Bleisure — it’s a term we’re all familiar with these days. After all, millennials drive the rising trend, combining business and leisure trips regularly. Take a few days to decompress in a new destination after a hectic schedule of meetings and business.
Barcelona’s Ciutat Vella (or “Old City”) is often packed with tourists who wander up and down Las Ramblas spending way too many euros on overpriced paella and sangria. But the border neighborhood of El Raval is just a few steps from the bustle, but worlds away from the exorbitant prices.