United Airlines announced today that they were following Delta's lead and would be offering so-called "Basic Economy Fares". When Delta started offering similar fares in the summer of 2015, they offerred a savings of between $10 and $25 per flight, on average. So they're definitely cheaper, but boy can they be ugly.
Buy this most affordable seat and you'll only be allowed one carry on, and it will have to be of the small sort that fits under the seat—the overhead bins will be unavailable to you.
* FEWER HUMAN BEINGS WILL BE MANNING SECURITY LINES AT AIRPORTS SOON
So the question becomes: is that a good or a bad thing?
* VENICE PROTESTS TOURIST CONGESTION (Reuters)
Venice might be one of the world's most beautiful places, but you wouldn't want to live there, according to the Venetians who staged a demonstration in the Italian lagoon city on Saturday.
Waving maroon and yellow flags and carrying empty suitcases, dozens of residents participated in a symbolic procession—otherwise known as "Venexodus"—meant to draw attention to Venice's falling population.
The trouble is the more than 20 million tourists who pour into the city each year, clogging narrow streets and making it difficult to complete daily tasks like food shopping.
The protesters argue that city officials have done too much to accommodate visitors and not enough to help overburdened residents, who face not only congestion but also inflated housing costs brought on, they say, by short-term vacation rentals.
As a consequence, the city's population of permanent residents has been steadily decreasing, some say by as much as 1,000 people per year.
Many would like to see tourism limited by a booking system.
* LUXURY TOUR OF "OUTLANDER" LOCATIONS IN SCOTLAND (Artisans of Leisure)
We can't help you follow in the exact footsteps of Outlander's Claire Randall Fraser. After all, she toggles between the 20th and the 18th centuries on that hit Starz show, and, unfortunately, time travel is the one type of travel Frommer's hasn't mastered yet.
But for superfans of the series drawn to the beauty of its Scottish filming locations, luxury travel company Artisans of Leisure has the next best thing: a 10-day Outlander-themed vacation in Scotland.
The private tour includes the services of an expert guide, accommodations at opulent hotels and resorts, and stops at numerous locales featured in Outlander—both the TV series and the novels by Diana Gabaldon. Edinburgh, the Scottish Highlands, Fort William, Inverness, and the Perthshire countryside are all on the itinerary.
The focus might be on the 18th century, but the prices have been adjusted for the present—and then some. The trip will set you back $12,650.
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