Allegiant Air Has Wider Seats At A Wider Price

The airline introduced the “Giant Seat.” It offers roomier space for travelers willing to pay more for added comfort.

On the first and emergency exit rows, six Giant Seats have 36 inches of legroom and are 25 inches wide, compared to 17.5-inch width on Allegiant economy seats. For more passenger comfort, the seats are secured in semi-reclined positions.

Allegiant charges $40 to $50 extra per flight for each Giant Seat. For more info, go to www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-mo-giant-seats.

Tokyo, Japan: Make Plans Now For 2020 Summer Olympics PDF Print E-mail

The busy city is already one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. And now that one of the major sports events of the decade is scheduled to happen there, hotels and other facilities are already jammed with reservations. If you’ll be there for the popular event, start making your bookings and other plans now!

If you’ll be in Japan during the Olympics schedule from Friday, July 24 through Sunday, August 9, it’s not too early to start your reservations now. Already high hotel rates will only go higher, and as the Olympics approach, everything in Tokyo will get much less available and more expensive. Make your plans with a trusted travel agent or online service that will assure you the best and most economical in everything in the Japanese capital, including travel schedules, hotel, dining and other needs for an Olympian-sized journey.

First Time Cruiser? Get Expert Help In Planning Best Choices PDF Print E-mail

If it will be your intro to ocean sailing, do it with an a experienced travel agent. You'll have a much better chance to enjoy a great cruise, and get better prices and other benefits.

Further, if at any time you have a problem during the cruise, you have an advocate there to help solve the glitch ASAP.  Of course, the cruise line wants as much of your money as possible. Always remember, a good travel agent is on your side, usually for little or no additional charges.

Uber Drivers At Airports May Now Charge Taxi Fares PDF Print E-mail

Uber calls it "Project Luigi." The company planners claim it allows Uber drivers more control control over their income as independent contractors. So far, the system is being tried at California airports in Santa Barbara, Palm Springs and Sacramento.

Uber drivers there can set fares up to five times greater than Uber's original price, in increments of 10%. In other words, now Uber drivers can rip off riders for typical cabbie high charges, especially in busy airports. Ten years ago, newly-introduced Uber charges averaged less than half of taxi fares.

Them wuzz the days! So, whenever you book a Uber ride at those three airports, and soon everywhere else, be prepared to pay as much as you would for a taxi.

Coronavirus Continues To Upset World Travel Plans PDF Print E-mail

Seniors are particularly vulnerable to the flood of flight, cruise, tour and other cancellations. To insure the latest word on personal schedules, please keep in daily touch with all aspects of your travel plans, especially those that involve the Far East and other most affected areas of the world. Example: www.usatoday.com/story/travel/news/2020/01/29/coronavirus-british-airways-lion-seoul-air-suspend-flights-china

Amsterdam, Holland: No More Tours Of Hooker ‘hood PDF Print E-mail

The Netherlands government no longer promotes the capital city as a tourist destination, while touting other Dutch cities and towns. This year, Amsterdam city tours are limited to 15 visitors.

Sadly, for eager male visitors, tours of the infamous Amsterdam Red Light neighborhood are forbidden entirely. Also, to earn the city more tax income, all hotel room tax charges have gone higher, as are extra taxes on museums, boat trips and other tourist attractions. In other words, as with Las Vegas and other rip-off travel destinations, the bargain prices you see for Amsterdam are just the beginning you’ll pay for your visit.


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