Airline Travel Today

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This week I finished 3 months of being a roadwarrior. As the past has proven, sometimes Priceline.com beat my own Internet Travel portal, Travel4RoadWarriors,com, and sometimes, my travel portal cleaned Priceline's clock. The last leg of my journey was from Atlanta to San Diego, after the Stomper.net conference. (Thank you, Siddique, it was a great show). And wow, my travel portal, Travel4RoadWarriors.com beat Southwest and Priceline, by a long shot, via US Airways back to my Mexico jump point of San Diego.

And I gotta ask US Airways... How bad have things gotten? Sure, I understand that only Southwest Airlines is giving away (literally) peanuts and soda on domestic flights. I haven't had any business in Canada recently, so I cannot comment on your code-share and how that works.

And my experience with US Airways really had me a the point where I was so ready to cry in laughter. It wasn't that the flight was (maybe) over booked <no it wasn't, and no US Airways, you didn't know>. It wasn't terrible that we we're late on departure. Atlanta and Houston are regular hassles for me due to weather and plain old human screws ups.

Now don't get me wrong, I like Ala Carte. Why should I be paying for something I don't want or need? And US Airways, really. Charging for water and soda? $2.00 USD for Water? And I would even delightfully pay you $7.00 USD for a beer, if you offered me something more upscale than a Bud Light.

One of my fellow passagners commented that US Airways is charging fees for a blanket and pillow. I don't know, I got a nap without them, after watching my free movie (Catch Me If You Can). I brought my own noise-cancelling headphones (I still like the Sony over the Bose headphones and that is a different entry).

What really susprised me was US Airways charged me $15 for checkng in 1 bag. Typically, I'm a carry on kind-of-guy, and I took advantage of being on the last leg of my 3 months of travel and stocked up on stuff I wold lke to take back to Mexico.

The part that had me in total laughter was when I opened the tray table in front of my seat and found an ad glued to it for some allergy stuff that is sold over the counter. I don't understand why you didn't offer it for sale, along with the water?

May I suggest that if your going to start charging to use the W.C., you follow the convience of other airlines and take credit and debit cards. This cash only (and USD only) thing could be a bit of a hassle.

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