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Increasing baggage fees and how to avoid them

Friday, 1 June 2012 02:23 by Mandy

A growing thorn in the side of travelers’ are the baggage fees that airlines are starting to impose upon them. The average going rate for a checked bag on some of The United States larger airlines is $35-$45 for the first bag one way with the rate only increasing with each checked bag thereafter.

In 2011 airlines made $3.4 billion dollars from baggage fees and noted that companies who imposed the most baggage fees prospered financially the most in the public markets especially in comparison to some the more traveler friendly airlines that despite maintaining their free carryon and first checked bag policies saw their stock values take a dip. With financial incentives such as these to charge more fees for baggage one can only wonder how much longer carryon baggage will be free? For the time being, carryon is a travelers best bet for avoiding costly fees.

To help avoid these baggage fees here are a few suggestions and methods that are becoming popular in art of bag packing. First, make sure you have a bag that meets the size requirements of the airline you are traveling with, each airline varies with these requirements but generally a piece of luggage with the dimensions 22”x14”x9” will work for most airlines.If you do plan on checking a bag in be sure to measure and weigh it before you arrive to the airport so that you can be sure you are not exceeding any of the requirements for the specific airline you are using, fees for overweight bags is one of the quickest ways to incur additional charges.

Another practice becoming more common is travelers driving out of their way to airports that service airlines such as Southwest and JetBlue which do not charge for carryon or first bag check. Should this be the route you choose to take be sure to log onto Airport Parking Connection to book your parking at a discounted rate, with rates starting at $35 for baggage fees parking rates at select airports servicing airlines with now baggage fees will be worth the savings.

APC Welcomes Orlando's XPress Airport Valet Parking

Tuesday, 22 May 2012 02:28 by Mandy

Orlando International Airport has more to offer this Memorial Day weekend on Airport Parking Connection.  If you are flying out of MCO and searching for parking, XPress Airport Valet Parking service is now online at Airport Parking Connection.  Customers can reserve online with APC, get a discounted price at a location close to the MCO airport, and pick up a few things in their convenience store that is attached.  Stop by Orlando airport parking on APC and get the details!  Don't forget, APC is easy to use and does not charge you a service fee!  Happy Parking!

Airline Travel Ideas for Passengers of Size

Monday, 21 May 2012 06:43 by Mandy

 Get ready for more fees, cramped seats, and inconveniences as America prepares for Memorial Day Weekend airline travel.  If you read news articles or watch a newscast on any given day of the week, you will find that overweight people and the way we travel have really began to collide.  With America's girth continuing to rise, you hear about the degrading and sometimes disgusted reactions from passengers on either side of the scale.  How do you prepare for airline travel today?

Many airlines have policies and procedures set in place to help assist the flow of passengers and safety of everyone on board an aircraft.  If you are an overweight or obese passenger flying this weekend, do your research on the airline you would prefer to fly with!  You can help ease your experience as well as those passengers around you simply by taking the time and putting a plan in place.  While there is no guarantee that your plan will be executed without a hiccup, you can purchase an extra seat to allow for a more roomy experience.

You can purchase a seatbelt extender on some airlines, and reserve an aisle seat for easy access to restrooms mid-flight. Avoid bringing luggage that won't fit into an overhead bin so that you can have room for your legs in a comfortable position.  If you want more options, upgrade your flight for first class because let's face it, on today's flights even the regular sized folks can find it tough to feel comfortable in a coach seat.

If you want to be sure, check the policies and procedures sections of some popular airlines, and don't forget to reserve your airport parking with Airport Parking Connection!  Reserve with no service fees!

As always, Happy Travels!

Travel Industry Service and Hidden Fees Taking Over

Monday, 14 May 2012 02:48 by Mandy

If you have done any traveling in the recent months or even year, you should be familiar with extra fees taking over the travel industry nearly everywhere you turn.  From the moment you begin to plan your vacation, you are embarking on a service fee nightmare.  Your airline will charge you extra fees if your check in luggage is overweight, if you want to check an extra bag, a carry on bag with some airlines, not to mention any extras you may want on the actual flight like say a stiff drink to cope from all that stress just to get on your plane.  

Your hotel may have a resort fee of up to $25.00 and they charge you for parking even if your car doesn't stay in their lot on top of  the website you reserved your stay with. That is after you have scoured the internet for the best deal you can find.   The "extra" cash you are handing out is starting to add up!  And what about your airport parking?  Airport Parking is expensive enough without having to pay extra to get a "discount".

 Why would you pay a service fee just to get a discount?  Take the top airport parking reservation websites for example...

By the time you return home from you trip, the hotel, airline, airport parking, any restaurants, or actual fun activities on your trip may have just sent your vacation budget out the window.  Don't spend your extra money on "service fees", keep your money for your actual vacation.  Reserve your airport parking on Airport Parking Connection and never pay a service fee again!  

Best Summer Travel Destinations You Have Never Heard of in the U.S.

Friday, 11 May 2012 01:17 by Mandy

Summer is just around the corner, which means vacations and fun in the sun. There are a ton of fun destinations in the country that perfectly encapsulate the American experience. Some of the best summer travel destinations remain out of the general public’s radar, so here are a few you may not have heard of.

Monterey: California’s First City

Nestled along California’s central coast, Monterey exemplifies California’s rich history. Originally the capital of Alta California from 1777 to 1846 under both Spanish and Mexican rule, Monterey had California’s first theater, public building, publicly funded school, public library, printing press, and newspaper. Over the years, the city has attracted everyone from artists and writers to fisherman, and remains a constant reminder of California’s past mixed into a modern way of life.

With such a deep-rooted culture, Monterey County has a wide variety of attractions that the whole family can enjoy. For those interested in California’s history, Monterey has several museums and over thirty preserved historic buildings. One of the most notable attractions is the National Steinbeck Center, a museum and memorial dedicated to the late great author John Steinbeck, who lived in Monterey and nearby Salinas and wrote numerous novels set in the county.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium, one of the largest in North America, is home to jellyfish, stingrays, sea otters, and a ton of other native species. Even outside of the aquarium, visitors are greeted by a wealth of marine life, including sea lions, harbor seals, bat rays, and dolphins.

Wine Country: Grapes Galore

It’s easy to miss out on this hidden gem. Wine Country is just north of the bustling city of San Francisco and generally consists of the combined counties of Napa, Mendocino, and Sonoma, though some references include parts of Lake County.

If you love fresh air and beautiful scenery, nothing gets much better than Wine Country. A long way from the hot, sandy beaches of the California coast, Wine Country is known for an expanse of green vegetation with rolling, grassy hills, trees, and wildflowers.

Alongside the refreshing hillside scenery are rows upon rows of grapevines. Wine is the keyword here. The area hosts over 400 wineries, many of which offer complementary wine tastings and winery tours. The unique terroir of the area makes for a great opportunity for sommeliers and amateur wine enthusiasts alike.

Glacier National Park: Crown of the Continent

The United States is known for its many majestic national parks and monuments, from Grand Canyon to Yosemite to Yellowstone. Glacier National Park is one of the country’s most underrated national parks, facing low visitor counts each year, but it remains one of the most expansive parks in the country.

Located in Montana along the Canadian border, Glacier National Park comprises over a million acres, including parts of two mountain ranges and over 130 named lakes. The pristine natural ecosystem makes it a perfect home for over a thousand species of plants and hundreds of animal species, most notably the mountain goat. A few things to experience in the park include:

·         The Going-to-the-Sun Road, completed in 1932, is the only road that crosses through the park, passing over the Continental Divide. Spanning 50 miles, the road passes through the park’s interior, winds around mountainsides, and gives visitors some of the best views of northwest Montana.

·         One of the least crowded sections of the park, the North Fork presents visitors with views of Bowman and Kintla Lakes, a homesteading site, and the opportunity to see and hear some of the park’s rare wildlife.

·         Considered the heart of Glacier National Park, Many Glacier treats visitors to views of massive mountains, sparkling lakes, glaciers, hiking trails, and tons of wildlife. This area is especially popular amongst hikers with a web of trails radiating in all directions. A hiker could take a different trail every day for a whole week and still not cover all that Many Glacier has to offer.

·         Logan Pass is one of the most popular areas for visitors, and with good reason. Fields of wildflowers carpet Logan Pass, surrounded by Reynolds Mountain and Clements Mountain. Beautiful, vibrant glacier lilies sprout all across the meadows. The area hosts excellent hiking trails and wildlife viewing opportunities.

If you’re looking for a summer travel spot outside of your normal repertoire, consider Monterey, California’s wine country, or the majestic Glacier National Park. Dig a little deeper to find even more of America’s hidden gems. Don't forget to reserve your airport parking online with Airport Parking Connection!  Enjoy!