Luggage Theft- A Growing Epidemic in Airports Nationwide

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February 27th, 2014

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Luggage theft increasing at US airports. No hope in TSA or airline companies to help any time soon.

Luggage theft increasing at US airports. No hope that TSA or airline companies will help any time soon.

This subject has always interested me and I am glad we are finally having this conversation. Luggage theft among Airports in the US is increasing and we are starting to hear the voices cry for help. Airline companies and TSA officials have failed to secure travelers’ belongings at the baggage claim leaving their items up for grabs by potential thieves. This strikes me as funny considering the airlines charge you for “taking care” of your luggage, and yet care very little about its returning to you, “the passenger.” With all the new laws going in effect soon, such as lax airport police having the right to ask you for your travel details while standing around waiting at the airport, it is not promising that we can see some action taken to reduce the threat of luggage theft. This is a serious issue folks. Think about the luggage full of gifts during christmas, or that $1,000 piece of designer luggage you saved to buy. Point is, nobody is going to reimburse you for your loss. So what can we do about it? Here is a list of 10 things we can collectively do to avoid these situations. Continue reading

Fewer Airlines Now Offering “Bereavement” Fares

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February 26th, 2014

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There is nothing worse than having to book last-minute air travel, especially when the purpose of the trip is to attend a funeral or memorial service. Now bereaved flyers looking for sympathetic airlines offering lower fares have fewer options. One by one, airlines that used to offer special “bereavement fares” – rates about 15% below the normal last-minute booking costs – are eliminating this policy. Read more about the airline to most recently cancel “bereavement fares”.

How Technology Has Helped Travel Evolve in the Last 15 Years

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February 26th, 2014

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The days of Travel Agents almost obsolete

The days of travel agents are almost obsolete

How many of you remember air travel before technology? Any sojourn required a trip to the travel agency, perusing books and pamphlets of travel destinations, much planning and many phone calls on the part of the agent, rendering payment, and eventually, a flight, hotel, and car booking obtained.

Anybody misses those days? Me neither!

Despite the increased security and extensive screening at all airports after 9/11/2001, access to air travel has become consistently streamlined within the last 15 years. While it’s still a good idea to employ the help of a good travel agent when planning complicated or all-inclusive travel such as exotic vacations, honeymoons, guided tours, or group travel, there is much a traveller can do to plan their own getaways. Whether you’re flying cross-country or just taking a “puddle jump,” there are many helpful online services to help you get where you’re going. Continue reading