Neither by Air nor Land, This is the Summer to Stay Put

I love summer travel!! Not this year though, I just found out that I am going to be charged $15 per bag when we go to New Orleans at the end of June. Thank you American Airlines!

In an effort to cut losses due to increased oil prices, airline companies are coming up with all sorts of new fees to charge their customers. A few weeks ago, most airlines decided they will charge customers $25 per second bag checked in for domestic flights. Yesterday, American Airlines decided to charge $15 even for the first bag checked in.

I don’t even want to think what this is going to do for the fight for overhead compartment storage. It will be ridiculous! I can picture fighting to be the first one to board and trying to cram their overstuffed bags in the tiny space because they don’t want to pay $15 to check the bag. I can’t blame them, I don’t want to pay it either.

I don’t even want to think about what this is going to cost us. I can put all of our clothes in two bags. But we also have two car seats and the stroller. For carry-ons we have my pump, a laptop case and the diaper bag. Maybe we should stay home. Do you think taking a loss of $400 makes more sense? At least we would save any money we would have spent down there. But then we wouldn’t go to the place I have been really wanting to visit for some time.