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Venice is Tired of Noisy Rolling Luggage, May Fine Tourists Up to $620

Where: Venice, Italy
November 21, 2014 at 2:23 PM | by | Comments (0)

Remember how we said that luggage is the worst? Yeah, well the whole of Venice, Italy agrees and may even be successful with a new proposal to outlaw rolling baggage.

As there are only two ways to get around Venice (by foot or by boat), tourists who haven't lined their pockets with enough cash for a private water taxi transfer typically have to hoof it along canals, down alleys, and over bridges to reach their accommodation, lugging their baggage the whole way.

2013 was a record year for Venice tourism; La Serenissima welcomed nearly 60,000 daily visitors on average. The Venice Times actually figured out that each Venetian who lives in the historic center (excluding the islands) is "'in charge' of about 354 tourists per day." Compare that to Florence's 22 tourists per resident, and it's obvious Venice is a little crowded. Each visitor naturally arrives with some belongings, and that's exactly the problem.

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Kickstarter's 'Fugu Luggage' May Finally Solve the 2-Wheel or 4-Wheel Debate

November 21, 2014 at 11:24 AM | by | Comments (0)

Luggage sucks.

Don't think so? Take a flight without it some time, perhaps on a quick overnight with just a messenger bag, and you'll quickly find that luggage is its own particular brand of torture. Travelers with it are less agile, earlier exhausted, responsible for extra fees, potential crime targets, and forced to spend more time at the airport dealing with it. Then there's the whole separate nightmare of if it's delayed or gone missing.

2014 marks the 100th Anniversary of commercial flight, and it's shocking to think how little the baggage situation has changed in that century. Adding wheels and decreasing weight have seemingly been the most pervasive advances in the luggage industry through the decades, and the most passionate arguments occur over "carry-on only or checked?" and "two-wheel or four-wheel?" rather than contemplating why we're still dragging our belongings behind us like wayward hobos.

Deep breath.

There is some hope, however; a company called Fugu Luggage has taken to Kickstarter to seek help producing what may be a breath of fresh air in the stodgy old luggage industry. It literally utilizes air to expand from a compact wheeled carry-on into a durable checked bag, complete with interior organization and "omniwheels."

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Smart Luggage Controlled by Your Smartphone is Just Plain Smart

October 31, 2014 at 11:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Lost luggage? Thing of the past.

Overweight carry-on? No more.

Forgetting the keys to your TSA baggage locks? Impossible!

It was probably only a matter of time before carry-ons got the smartphone treatment and, thanks to Bluesmart, some hassles of heading to an airport may soon be forgotten.

A new carry-on bag claims to keep travelers connected to their cabin baggage with the help of an iPhone app. It allows travelers to weigh their luggage instantly, locate misplaced bags, remotely lock and unlock the suitcase, and even charge devices while on the road. Here are the major features:

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$102 for a Carry-On Bag? Watch Out for Spirit's Newest Holiday Fees

September 23, 2014 at 11:36 AM | by | Comments (0)

A new baggage fee—yes another one—will hurt holiday season travelers this year, but only if you're flying notoriously fee-happy Spirit Airlines.

If you've booked or will book a flight on the budget airline after August 19. 2014 for travel between December 18, 2014 and January 5, 2015, be prepared to tack on $2 to each paid checked bag fee. They're calling it the "Temporary Holiday Bag Price Change," but we think it only hints at a proper permanent hike to come.

With the new $2 fee, carry-on bags (remember, Spirit charges for both carry-on and checked bags) will cost $37 each if purchased during booking, $47 during online check-in, $52 at the airport before security, and $102 at the gate. The first checked bag is actually a slightly better deal, charged at $32 each if purchased during booking, $42 during online check-in, $47 at the airport before security, and $102 at the gate. Overweight, oversize, extra bags, and their "$9 club" fees all differ, so check out their site for more, but remember to add the extra $2 on to each price.

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Airline Creates the Worst Job in the World, and They're Hiring!

Where: Australia
September 4, 2014 at 11:35 AM | by | Comment (1)

Australia may be home to the "Best Job in the World," but with the ups come the downs, and Oz now also offers positions for what seems like the worst job in the world: "Cabin Baggage Officer" for Jetstar.

Working for an airline may be a dream job to some, but you'll want to steer clear of starting this low on the ladder; Cabin Baggage Officer is a brand new position designed to enforce carry-on luggage rules and charge any applicable fees directly to the passengers, at a point when travelers think they're already good to go. Our friends at Australian Business Traveller elucidate the Officer's responsibilities:

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United Adds DIY Baggage Tagging Over at O'Hare

August 28, 2014 at 6:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

Practice your sticker skills before heading off to the airport, as one of the country’s largest carriers is going the DIY route when it comes to baggage tagging.

United Airlines just started offering self-service bag tagging over at Chicago-O’Hare in an effort to speed up the check-in process at the airport. The airline’s angle is that it provides more options for customers looking to do things for themselves, and it will free up agents to help out those flyers that have questions or need a little more assistance.

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Better Bin Space Coming Soon for Alaska Airlines Carry-ons

July 11, 2014 at 12:53 PM | by | Comments (0)

Good news from the planes and people over at Alaska Airlines, and this time it has nothing to do with their in-flight oatmeal. The carrier is pretty darn proud of their latest airplane advancement—thanks to Boeing—and now they’re all about sharing the news about their expanded overhead bins.

These new so-called Space Bins can increase carry-on capacity by roughly 50 percent, and that’s certainly appealing to those passengers bringing plenty of personal belongings along for overhead storage.

Alaska Airlines is apparently the first carrier that will offer these up, and for those familiar with the airline’s current Boeing Sky Interior—it’s kind of a similar look but with even more capacity.

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Europe is the Worst When It Comes to Baggage Handling

June 25, 2014 at 9:39 AM | by | Comment (1)

We’ve all been there, and it’s not a fun time. The baggage carrousel goes around and around, and pretty soon you realize that your bag is delayed, missing, or something worse. Apparently this kind of situation is more of a problem over in Europe, as a new report indicates when it comes to baggage delays and mistakes things are worse there than they are here.

Things are actually three times worse in Europe when compared to the situation in the nifty fifty. According to the folks over at Société Internationale de Télécommunications Aéronautiques—or just SITA to their friends—airlines over in Europe kind of screwed things up with around nine bags for every 1,000 passengers or so last year. Numbers in the United States were just over three bags per thousand travelers, and not surprisingly those awesome airports in Asia did the best—just under two bags per thousand flyers.

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'Pack for a Purpose' on Your Next Vacation to the British Virgin Islands

May 7, 2014 at 4:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

The next time you travel to the British Virgin Islands leave some extra room in your luggage for a good cause.

The BVI Tourist Board is now supporting Pack for a Purpose, a non-profit that encourages travelers to bring meaningful contributions to the destinations they visit. Guests staying at participating hotels can drop off the supplies they've packed with the hotel's staff and they'll deliver it to local organizations in need.

BVI resorts Scrub Island Resort and Guana Island are now both participating in the project. You can find out exactly what they need and what to bring at packforapurpose.org.

[Photo: Scrub Island]

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Frontier Airlines Chooses the Dark Side, Begins Charging for Carry-on Bags

April 28, 2014 at 12:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

Baggage fees turn six years old this July. That's no cause for celebration, but travelers have gradually grown accustomed to forking over an extra $25+ to stow bags in a plane's hold. The real indignation comes of what will be the fourth anniversary of carry-on baggage fees, initiated in August 2010 by Spirit Airlines.

Spirit now charges passengers $35+ for a carry-on bag, and their success has inspired another American airline to join in the collection of these extra dollars. Frontier has just announced the start of carry-on baggage fees, beginning with tickets purchased on or after today.

To put the evil of carry-on baggage fees into perspective, not even the infamous nickel-and-dimers of Ryanair have attempted them yet.

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United May Crack Down on Carry-On Baggage Next Month

February 27, 2014 at 9:05 AM | by | Comment (1)

We might just be spreading rumors at this point, but we figure that’s it better to share the message anyway. We’ve seen a couple mentions of this across frequent flyer forums and other travel blogs, and it sounds like United is getting ready to crack down on its carry-on baggage rules starting on March 1. Things aren’t necessarily changing at all, but the carrier is actually just going to start enforcing them as they are written.

One has not arrived in our inbox as of yet, but United has been sending out reminder emails to its customers notifying them of these carry-on rules and regulations. The fun is scheduled to start on March 1, so if you have plans to travel aboard United anytime soon you might want to double-check that bag—or be prepared to check it.

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Five Years Later, It's Still Okay for Airlines to Break Guitars

February 17, 2014 at 9:29 AM | by | Comment (1)

Remember way back when United Airlines broke that musician’s guitar? Well somehow that was in the way distant past of 2009, and now it’s 2014 and we’re still dealing with how musical instruments, airlines, and airplanes can all get along. At one point it looked like Uncle Sam would take a look at the rules and regulations, but unfortunately it does not appear that there’s been any resolution.

The plan was for the Transportation Department to jot down some notes and whatnot regarding how airlines should help out those looking to travel with their violins, guitars, pianos, kazoos, and whatever else is needed for a traveling musician. Things were due late last week; however, the agency kind of dropped the ball. Nothing has been written or updated, and it sounds like the agency feels that it does not even have enough cash to do the needed work.

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