How to avoid higher checked-bag fees and longer security lines.
Continental raised fees earlier this month from $18 to $25 for a first checked bag and $27 to $35 for a second. Delta, United, American and US Airways all swiftly followed suit.
“There are now three things certain in life: death, taxes and airlines fees,” says Terry Trippler, the chief executive of RulestoKnow.com, which tracks airline policies. During the third quarter of 2009, airline fees generated $2 billion, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. That’s a 36% increase over the previous year.
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Airlines need the revenue amid rising fuel prices and slumping travel, but they’re also positioned to take advantage of increased numbers of checked bags amid new security restrictions following the attempted bombing of a Northwest flight on Christmas Day. The Transportation Security Administration added new screening methods for U.S.-bound international flights, and cautioned consumers that lines may be longer than usual. On U.S.-bound flights from Canada, there’s a temporary ban on carry-on bags. Passengers are allowed only a small personal item such as a purse or laptop computer.
Here’s how to limit the hassles of bag fees and long security lines at every stage of your trip:
If it discloses where you'll be and your personal cell phone number, that's too much information.
It’s a common practice: You leave the office for any amount of time (a week, an hour, etc.) and you set up a nice little out-of-office e-mail reply so people don’t wonder why you haven’t responded in a timely fashion. You think you’re being proactive, even professional.
But could you be risking your personal information and possibly even your safety?
The Mayo Clinic says some over-the-counter drugs may preclude a trip to the doctor.
In recent decades, with many Americans covered by some sort of health benefit, consumers are quick to head for their doctor's office for all sorts of complaints. Some see that tendency as one of the drivers of rising health care costs.
Could it be that consumers could save time, money and strain on the health care system if they paid a little closer attention to what's in their medicine chest at home? Doctors at the Mayo Clinic suggest they can.
Single men spend more than single women on just about everything. OK, no, not clothes.
In the war between the sexes, it's never easy to say who's winning. Now, though, you can see who's spending. And it might not be who you think.
According to Bundle -- a brand-new partner site of MSN Money that lets users investigate spending trends by age, household, income and geography -- single men outspend single women in almost every category. Yes, men make more than women do -- about 25% more, according to the Institute for Women's Policy Research.
But even among men and women with similar household incomes, men spent about 19% more than women on food and
Bankruptcy is the most extreme way of dealing with a debt dilemma. But last year it was the choice of more than 1 million people.
In doing research for my latest book, "Life or Debt 2010," I explored virtually every way to deal with debt, from the do-it-yourself method most would prefer to more extreme methods like credit counseling and debt settlement. This story is about the nuclear bomb of debt destruction: bankruptcy.
When I produced the news story you’re about to see, I was just looking for the down-and-dirty facts from a lawyer about who should file for bankruptcy and why. What I got was a heartbreaking, personal story from just one of the 1.4 million Americans who filed for bankruptcy last year.
Downsizing to smaller house and focusing on charity transformed Atlanta family.
Last Sunday’s Parade magazine told the story of a family who decided to sell their house, buy one half the size and give all their profits, about $800,000, to charity.
Ten years ago, Kevin and Joan Salwen bought their dream house, a 6,500-square-foot historic home in Atlanta. Except it didn’t bring the joy they had expected to the family, which included daughter Hannah and son Joseph, Kevin wrote in Parade:
Some of these restaurant food challenges also come with T-shirts and cash prizes.
We love that TV show “Man v. Food,” where Adam Richman stuffs his face with hot wings by the truckload or enough oysters to clog the Panama Canal. (OK, we exaggerate somewhat.) In many of these settings, you don’t have to pay if you can meet the restaurant’s challenge.
Better yet, sometimes you can win cash.
Now you can easily find many of these "deals," thanks to a post (with photos!) at Coupon Sherpa. The first stop is Denny’s Beer Barrel Pub in Clearfield, Pa., where two people can chow down for free on the 15-pound Belly Buster burger -- if the entire thing is gone in three hours.
Injuries to pedestrians on cell phones are rising, demonstrating another down side of multitasking.
You may think you can walk and chew gum at the same time, but you’d better think twice before you add talking on the phone or texting.
The number of people injured while walking and texting or talking on a cell phone is on the rise, The Times reports, citing a study by Ohio State University professor Jack L. Nasar.
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