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By Kimberly Milnes

New Carry-On Bag Rules – Don’t Get Stuck Paying Another Fee!

 

Since airlines introduced the “Check Bag Fee”, many of you have been packing light or trying to stuff it all in to your carry-on bag.  Well, recently many of the airlines introduced new size restrictions for carry-on bags. That means if your bag does not meet the new size restrictions you will have to check the bag and pay that $25 fee.  Even, worse if you have already checked a bag you might have to pay an additional $35, $40 or even $100, depending on where you are flying. It is CRAZY.

The biggest change is the width of the bag. It is now down to 14 inches, but most carry-on bags are 15 inches. So, as we approach the big Summer travel season I wanted to make sure you know the new rules so you can avoid being charged another fee.

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By Kimberly Milnes

Top 10 Family Travel Tips to Getting Seats Together

For a lot families, I think flying can be the biggest stress of their vacation. Adding to the stress is making sure you will all have seats and will be able to sit together. I recently had this issue.   Since our trip was last minute when I tried to find seats all that was left were middle or the “Even More” seats.   I know that the airlines are notorious for manipulating the seating chart to get people to pay for the upgraded seats.  I decided to take a chance and get seats together at the airport.  We were lucky and were given the “Even  More” seats and did not have to pay extra.  But on the way back, there was a snow storm which had caused a lot of delays and cancellations, so I did not want to take a chance and paid for the seats to sit together.  That meant an extra $105.

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By Kimberly Milnes

Atlantis Family Fun – Getting There

My fabulous husband surprised our family and the Grandma’s with an Atlantis vacation at Christmas.  We had been to Atlantis before and always had a great time, both as a couple and with the kids.

Well, we packed up the sun screen and family and headed down to Nassau, Bahamas.  It is an easy flight from the NYC area. I try not to fly longer than 3 hours with the boys at this age to keep my sanity. We flew Continental, soon to be United, though I have to say I prefer Jet Blue.  Jet Blue, has bigger seats, more leg room, snacks and free TV. Also, it may just be my behind, but Continental seems to have the smallest seats around.     Read more

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New Carry-On Bag Rules – Don’t Get Stuck Paying Another Fee!
Top 10 Family Travel Tips to Getting Seats Together