Summertime Travel Blues for the Sandwich Generation

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It’s summertime and “the livin’ is easy.” Until you try to fly out to visit grandkids or aging parents. Then you’ll discover the planes are full, the seats are squished, and the travel fees are climbing!

A friend was very upset as she told me about her first experience flying in about three years. “They charged me for both of my suitcases! If I had known that, I would have brought fewer clothes!”

Since many of us live long distances from several of our family members and will be visiting them this summer, I thought some information on this subject would be a big help to you. I know many of you are also looking for money saver helps, as am I. CNN has an excellent article showing all the different fees each airline charges for the first bag and the second bag, along with other fees for such things as:

  • Wi-Fi – so you can use your computer on the airplane. I would use that except there is not enough room for me to comfortably manage the computer and the aging parent or grandkid that I usually have with me.
  • Unaccompanied minors – that’s all those grandkids visiting grandma and grandpa. 😉
  • Telephone booking seat selection – as opposed to booking online.
  • Pets – I have to admit, I’m keeping a close eye on the fact that more airlines are doing this. With extreme allergies a top priority in my own family, I could see where this might be a cause for concern for many. If you will be traveling with anyone with severe allergies, I would call the airline and look into this and what options you might have.
  • Flight change – every time I fly I see someone trying to change their tickets to an earlier flight and get really upset that there is a charge.  Other people have their plans change – grandkids get sick, aging parents get sick, you get sick! For many airlines, there is a charge to change the tickets, even when there is a cheaper ticket available. Before you make any changes, make sure you know what will happen and what the charge will be.
  • Seat selection – a friend just mentioned she had to pay to get the seat she wanted. And it wasn’t in first class!

There is a wide variety of fees among the various airlines, so be sure to check out CNN’s airline fee chart and print it out. Even if you don’t need it now, you might sooner than you think.

I have to tell you, it made me really appreciate Southwest Airline flights even more! They had the most free options, including your first suitcase (now that’s a GREAT money saver tip)! Couple all that with great service, great people, and their Rapid Rewards program and they keep me a happy flyer, even when it is crowded! They are a great airline, and that’s especially true for Sandwich Generation caregivers!

OK, grandkids, grandma’s coming soon! 🙂  🙂  🙂

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