Many Americans who’ve long wanted to visit Cuba were delighted when President Obama announced America was “changing its relationship with the people of Cuba.”
But the excitement was short-lived.
Ronald and Vickie Lopresti want to fly from Philadelphia to Madrid in comfort this May, not in the sardine seats where American Airlines jams passengers in the back of its planes.
Not so long ago, this was a blog that generated more heat than light — a place where disenchanted travelers complained about their often intractable problems.
I didn’t mind, because from time to time I could help consumers through my nationally-syndicated column, The Travel Troubleshooter.
And then everything changed.
The days of a freewheeling, lightly regulated airline industry, in which a carrier can charge whatever fees and fares it pleases, may be nearing an end.
A confluence of events is pressuring government regulators to take action that, depending on your point of view, will make air travel less expensive or interfere with a free market, driving ticket prices higher.
If it’s 2015, then why are hotel guests still doing something so ’90s, like paying extra for an Internet connection?
Charging for wireless access in the 21st century is as silly as it sounds. An Internet connection is so essential, many guests would sooner do without indoor plumbing, electricity or heat in their room. A 2014 survey by Hotels.com found Wi-Fi was the most desirable in-room amenity.
Seventy-two dollars and sixty-four cents.
That’s how much was on the AMC Theatres gift card my wife found in a grocery store parking lot.
First thought: we scored – let’s go to the movies!
Second thought: I’d sure hate to lose a gift card with $72.46 on it.
What to do?