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What To Do About A Stinky Seatmate In Flight? PDF Print E-mail


Q: On my last trip from NYC to London, the man next to me really reeked, obviously a heavy smoker and infrequent bather. His hair, skin, clothing and breath were putrid. I asked the flight attendant to move me, but she said all seats were filled. Is there anything I can do about it next time it happens? PLMcR, Jersey City NJ

A: Not much if all passenger compartments are full. However, if you’re in a cheap seat when the stink happens, ask if all seats in all compartments are occupied. If not, demand politely but firmly to be moved to a higher-priced seat for free.

 
Q: Do Airlines Still Offer Discount Fares For Funerals? PDF Print E-mail


Recently we had a death in the family and I needed to get a cross-country flight. Because it was a last-minute booking, the cost was twice as much as it should have been for a regular booked flight. Could I have avoided the sky-high fee? MMR, Newark NJ

A: Not all airlines offer lower-rate, quick-book bereavement fares. When you first know about the funeral schedule, immediately check online, by phone and/or with a local travel agency to find a cooperating airline. When booking, you must give details, including name of the deceased relative, funeral schedule and locations.

 
Q: Wanna Travel, But Pension & SS Too Low. Ideas? SK, Rye NY PDF Print E-mail


A: If you’re healthy and a good talker, check the internet for one-shot and regular jobs as a travel guide. It could involve escorting senior groups on cruises, tours near your home or around the world. Some may take on only volunteer guides with no pay, but you’ll get to go for free and may include all costs.

Another idea is to dress up as a comic or historic character and get paid to pose for selfies with families on busy sidewalks as tourists stroll by. Do it for several days to pay for your travel costs. Consider Times Square in New York, the Las Vegas Strip, Hollywood Boulevard, Piccadilly Circus in London and the Colosseum in Rome.

An old friend did it on Hollywood Boulevard wearing his 50-year-old Marine Corps dress blues, and claims he made more than $200 a day, tax free. However, be aware it may be illegal in some cities, as well as physically dangerous if local gangs control tourist area sidewalks.

 
Quickie Tour Instead Of Dreary Hours In The Airport? PDF Print E-mail


Q: On our trip to Tokyo next month, our schedule includes a six-hour layover at Los Angeles. Are there short tours, such as to Hollywood and the beaches, available from and return to the airport? RLMcL, Newark NJ

A: Check the internet for companies that specialize in quick and layover tours to and from Los Angeles International Airport. Costs start at about $100 for a three-hour tour. Example: www.viator.com/tours/Los-Angeles/LAX-Layover-Tours-Hollywood-Beverly-Hills-Santa-Monica-and-more

 
Q: What About All The Rules On Checking Bags? PDF Print E-mail


Not too old to remember when checking a bag before flights cost $5. Now, every time I go the fee jumps from $20, $40 and up. How do I deal with it next time I fly? MCJ, Portland OR

A: It’ll get even more costly as airlines keep advertising low, low ticket specials, while seeking other ways to make money. Some now charge for carry-on small bags you once stuffed for free in the overhead or under your seat.

Of course, the best answer is travel light, take no bags, and stash everything into a coat you wear with lots of inside and outside pockets. You’ll not only save money, but also avoid the frustrating delays after the flight lands, and must wait while the baggage carousel goes round and round forever.

When planning future flights, first always get the latest info on bag rules and fees from your airline. That includes charges you can pay in advance online and other possible time- and money-saving options.

 
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