Gas rebates from hotels and extra charges from airlines

This article on vacation deals has an interesting theme – rebates or “gas credits” hotels are offering because they think the price of gas will deter travelers from taking road trips. A good number of hotels seem to be offering rebates between $25 and $100.

And for those of us who want to save money, this article talks about how hard it is to save money when you’re flying these days. One paragraph reminded me of an old Mancunian article:

So you think you can fly to Chicago for just $359 round-trip? Not if you’re flying on a holiday weekend. Not if you want to leave at 8 a.m. and return at 5 p.m. Not if you want to fly nonstop. Not if you want an aisle seat or a window seat, on some airlines. Not if you want extra legroom or an exit seat, on other airlines. Not if you want an in-flight meal, a movie player or even a blanket or a pillow.

I’ve been on flights where there were no pillows (American Airlines, Spirit) but never where you pay for pillows…

Speaking of airlines, I posted a long time ago about q-ups – supposedly a cheap way to fly first class. It sounds good in theory, but has anyone here made it work?

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  1. Sharon says:

    And, now American Airlines is charging passengers $15 per checked bag, $25 for the 2nd, and so on. No doubt other airlines will follow suit. Of course, everyone will try to carry onboard the impossible – oversized, overweight bags – to avoid paying the charge…more confusion. I’m wondering if other international airlines will or are doing the same?

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