NEVER FLY UNITED especially domestically in USA.
They charge $25 USD per suitcase (and yes that INCLUDES your first one if you are like us and only travel with one suitcase each)
from prior experience with United handling my bags, they routed them incorrectly, so I ended up waiting on return to Australia in baggage collection for my bags for an hour airport staff said I could not leave until all luggage was off plane and claimed by owners!!!!!!, I was the last person to exit the baggage claim area leaving with the staff as they turned the lights off, really nice at 3am in the morning)
then I had to go back to the airport the following day to collect bags ( I live 3.5hrs from the airport) you seriously don't think I would have trusted them to get my bags 300km if they couldn't get them 30,000km
Unique Suggestions: if you check in online you can save a couple of dollars on the bag fees, but it's still exhorbitant!
Fun Alternatives: If you have to travel in USA check online for which airlines don't charge bag fees.
currently Air Canada, Southwest and Westjet take first suitcase free.
forewarned is forearmed
I realize this is a lot of text but if you ever consider volunteering a seat this could give you some helpfull hints
On Friday June 13, 2003 we had our first experience with volunteering our seats. We started the first part of our two part trip in New Orleans, our original flight was cancelled because of weather conditions because we had arrived early for our 14:35 flight the called us at the gate and asked if we wanted to take an earlier flight.
That was no problem to us, especially because this part of the New Orleans airport was very boring and we guessed that the Newark airport would be a better place to spend to time. We arrived around 16:00 at Newark airport at a new terminal which lots of shops and eateries, because our plane to Amsterdam wouldn't leave till 22:15 we decided to have something to eat at the Garden State Diner. After this we killed some time by walking around the airport. Around 21:00 the first call to volunteer seats was made, the offer was when giving up your seat you would get a transferable voucher for any Contintal airlines destination. Because Niki was here at this time i didn't go to the desk because i figured i should check what Niki thought of this and she was just taking a walk.
When she got back we decided to volunteer our seats and had to sign a yellow paper. Strangly enough this paper said that the voucher would be non-transferable, we checked back to the continental desk and the agreed on the fact that we would cross the NON. After having done this around 21:30 it took them to about 23:30 to get all the paperwork in order we got two vouchers for $500 it had changed from any Continental destination to this, because we knew prices on the Continental site are much more expensive than when they are bought through a travel agent we asked if they were redeemable through a travel agent and the answer was, yes when they sell Continental tickets.
Unique Suggestions: So we decide not to ask why the offer had changed, we where just tired of spending all those hours at the airport and wanted to go to bed, the amount would get us to Florida this winter so no need to worry.
They said we could get our bags at carousell 4.
When we arrived at caroussel 4 and our bags didn't turn up they changed it twice to another belt but still at 00:30 no bags.
They then told us our bags didn't get of the flight, we didn't matter anymore but wished the wouldn't have told us that our bags would be pulled of the plain. We got a bag with shaving gear, tootbrush and deodorant. Continental had also arranged a hotel (on their costs) for which we had to call the airport shutlle near the airtrain exit. The bus would take us to a Howard Johnson hotel, during this ride it changed to a Ramada after we had arrived there and everyone got of the bus (about 15 to 20 people) the desk clerk said he didn't have enough rooms, a few people got to check in but the others had to get on the bus and ended op in a another hotel. Finally at around 02:00 we got to bed and fell asleep. The next day we got breakfast (also from Continental) and went back to the airport. At the airport we had some trouble redeeming our lunch voucher because that the server couldn't read the date payed myself went on Airtrain to the Continental terminal where they cleared the date and got back to the restaurant to claim the voucher which they finally accepted.
Fun Alternatives: So if you don't want to be fooled by the Airline check the travel voucher, when we went through all the rules on this we learned it was non transferable and had to be used directly at Continental.
Also if you don't want to spend to much time after volunteering keep pushing them to get the paperwork done fast, tell them not to pull your bags from the plane if it's allready is late chances are that they arent able to pull your bags to avoid further delays for the airplane.
If you make special requests as we did to let the voucher be transferable and the possibility to use it at a travel agent make sure you have that in writing or ask them to make the voucher to any destination instead of a fixed amount.
Let the server in the restaurant check the voucher good before eating, we showed the voucher in front but she didn't read it and we ended up having to pay ourself at the end of the lunch.
We filed a complaint about being tossed around and the promisses made, as soon we know how Continental handles our complaint we will let you know.
Picture taken June 13, 2003 22:07
Nassau Bahamas , Branson Missouri ( sucks ) most of Florida , Orlando in particular what a pile of smelly American crass commercialism . Vegas . Anywhere in Ohio . Anything remotely related to Texas . ( ick )
Off all the museums which boast excellent exhibits, the Museum of American History seems like the oddest. How can a museum on American history not feature any native Americans or even artifacts from the civil war? But, the last time I visited was a year ago and maybe that's changed. Also, a museum dedicated just to the Native American Indians is reportedly in the works on the Mall as we speak( July 2002) . But really....a display of furniture from the 1950s? Since its free, you don't waste money. But your time is better spent elsewhere. The dinosaur bones in the Musuem of Natural History are much more interesting.
Florida in general. Especially the theme parks. A plastic, sterile environment. Similar to the container that houses a BigM*c. And the humidity and heat, well, Palm Springs or Palm Desert are a lot more interesting!
You know, Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco is a tourist trap like you won't believe, but it is so much fun and there are lots of great restaurants in the area. The smell of crab and fish is prevalent, but after awhile you barely notice it. What is also nice is that Pier 39 is right there as well and it, too, has some great restaurants, so if you are in the mood for great food try one (or two!) out. I forget the name of it, but there is a fantastic restaurant all the way at the end of Pier 39 that has an incredible view of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge that is very beautiful at sunset. Entrees hover around $20, but the food is delish!
Key West is nice if ya like to PARTY,But, bewarned the police aren't nothing nice and it's hella expensive! Trust me I lived there and we had a card to get discounts everywhere because;Milk can be up to $4.50 a gallon and Finding room at the hostel is hard!
They hate Hitchhickers and Hippies. If you go eat at Island Pharmacy and get the cheeseburger made famous by:Jimmy Buffet's song 'Cheeseburger in Paradise' it's inexpensive and good! Check out the Botanical Gardens...It's free and gorgeous! Otherwise...Bring cash and your American Express and then some more just in case!!!!
Check out hotels thoroughly before booking. Make sure you research the little things they forget to tell you. Like if there is parking, is it free, or is there a fee? They can make a hotel sound really grand but when you're in there it's average for what you're paying.
Pier 39 definitley. It's a cute pier with lot's of candy, t-shirt and your typical tourist shops. But if your really seeking the true culture of San Francisco you won't find it there. And parking is hell.
I went to see world on Ohau, Hawaii and even though I paid half price for being a travel agent, I still feel I was taken and charged too much. Worst park I have ever been to in my life and I have been to some pretty bad ones.
take to peaks and lakes, climb, look east, then drift the prairie...all accomodations, potential tourist traps are a secondary mission. 'Brownies' the youth hostel here in East Glacier has owners who are rude witht their hire help in front of customers, and they show little patience with foriegners whose English is not precise. It's on our way into the mountains as we set off to work the trails...I'll go downtown to buy a candy bar, or whatever, rather than give those folks my money.
If you are thinking about visiting Gatlinberg Tennessee.There are alot of tourist traps in the town.So try not to get caught up in all that handmade china stuff i dont recomend it.I do recomend the Village, The new aquarium,The cosby, area Artist guild.
I think that there are many tourist traps in North America, only because I dont like to be surrounded by thousands of people and pushed around it gives me people rage!!!! the Worst was Disneyland in Los Angeles. Great place great rides, but far to manny people.
TREES! You might get trapped in trees. It happened to me before. You might want to becarefu if you just wonder offb and gob into som trees. Also when you are driving you might want to bring extra tires. (people don't care to pick up things that will make a flat tire these days.)
Branson Mo..I love to come to this city,, but it is truly a huge tourist trap, if I didnt know the back roads and how to get around the traffic, I would hesitate to visit again,, however, I do know how to mangage the traffic here, so I will be back often..LOL
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