8 Ways Basic Economy Fares Can Ruin Your Trip
With Alaska Airlines set to join American, Delta, and United in offering no-frills basic economy fares (Alaska will be calling them Saver Fares), almost every airline in the U.S. market now offers some form of bare-bones, nothing-but-a-seat flights.
At first, this doesn’t seem like a bad thing. If your primary objective is to get from point A to point B, why worry about frills of any kind? But the problem arises when you’re unaware of just how minimal some of these offerings can be. For instance, who ever thought that a major airline would sell you a fare that explicitly has zero access to overhead bins? Now there are several that do (though it is worth noting that Southwest, Hawaiian, and JetBlue have so far avoided basic economy fares, and are worth a look if you are flying on their routes). Smarter Travel
The 23 Most Comfortable Travel Shoes for Men
While shoes may seem like just another thing to pack, putting a little more thought into what your feet have to wear for the next week or two will always pay off tenfold.
We’re not saying you need to spend hours deliberating over footwear (we did that part for you!). The point is to find — and break in — the right pair of travel shoes beforehand. That way, on your trip, you won’t have to care about shoes at all.
Many cities are designed for pedestrian exploration, and with the right footwear, you’ll find it easy to cover upwards of 10 miles a day. Even if you’re not walking much, it’s likely you’ll still be spending far more time on your feet than you do during a regular work week. Travel + Leisure
Revenge of the Travel industry: Online Reviews of You
It was just a matter of time. All those one-star reviews you left for hotels and restaurants were bound to come back and haunt you.
And now they have. In a sharing economy, many of the big players, including Airbnb and Uber, allow drivers and hosts to review their guests. A negative rating can affect your ability to hire another car or rent an apartment.
“It’s always been a two-way street,” relationship expert April Masini explains. “But ‘The customer is always right’ becomes less clear as customers become vendors — and vendors become customers.” USAToday
A Road Map to Shopping Like a Royal
The British royal family has long been a source of public fascination, captivating mere mortals in Britain and beyond with a passion for all things Windsor.
Toss a wedding into the mix — specifically one so storybook as the coming nuptials of Prince Harry and his American fiancée, Meghan Markle, on May 19 — and the excitement swells: Where will Meghan shop in London? Where will Harry buy her jewelry? Is there a favorite perfume, chocolate or hat-maker (which raises the question: will Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, offer her new sister-in-law, an actress and former model, a crash course in headpiece etiquette?) The New York Times
The Most Important Thing to Check When Booking a Flight
No matter how excited you are for your trip, you should never rush through booking flights or it could really cost you.
Of course you should make sure the dates and airports are correct, but it’s equally important to double check that the name on your ticket matches your travel documents exactly — especially if you’re flying internationally. If you don’t, you’re risking exorbitant change fees or even having to completely re-book your trip. To avoid all of that, do yourself a favor by taking a moment to confirm your whole name (as it appears on your driver’s license and/or passport) is correct. There’s nothing worse than finally getting up to security only to be turned away because you forgot to add your middle name, or someone who booked a ticket for you misspelled something. Travel + Leisure