Maybe American Airlines Isn’t As Bad As I Thought (Hmm…On Second Thought, Yeah, It Still Is)

Over the course of several years, I’d convinced myself that American wasn’t that great of an airline to fly on. This isn’t taking the destruction devaluation of the Advantage frequent flyer program into account; it was just the experience we had when flying with them. Their gate agents tended to range from indifferent to downright surly. Take the flight where the gate agent insisted that Sharon’s bag was too big for the overhead and the other flight where the exact same thing happened again.

All of these experiences led to American placing 5th on our list of best U.S. Airlines only beating out the ultra low cost carriers (and United, which we flat out refuse to fly). Honestly, our experiences on Frontier were better than our flights on American. At least their cabin crews acted like they actually wanted to be there.

I was admittedly trying to avoid flying on American wherever I could, but in some situations, I just couldn’t avoid them due to cost or schedule. Then something happened.

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No, My Carry On Bag Is NOT Too Big To Fit In The Overhead

“Ma’am, Your carry on bag is too big to fit into the overhead. You’ll have to gate check it.” These were the words of the American Airline employee with the sourpuss as I gave her my boarding pass. “And you’re only allowed to have 2 bags. You’re carrying too many bags.”

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Here’s The Breakdown Of The Changes In Basic Economy For 2019

It’s January so you know what that means…it’s time to look at what changes airlines have made in the rules for basic economy tickets over the last year. In 2018, every airline tweaked their offerings and Alaska Airlines introduced their version of a basic economy ticket, called Saver Fares. In 2019, it shouldn’t, be a surprise that they’ve all made changes, yet again, when it comes to the rules for basic economy.

Here’s the breakdown for each airline when flying a domestic U.S. route as of January 2019. Rules can be different for international flights booked in Basic Economy and can be found on each airline’s website.

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The Carry-On Bag That Doubles As A Baby Stroller

Full disclosure: Joe and I don’t have kids or even nieces or nephews (only child who married an only child, can you believe it???). So I admittedly can’t look at this from a “I have experience and this is why I think this is a totally awesome/horrific idea.” But from a practical point of view….read on.
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How To Prepare For Airport Security When Flying With Medications

As many Americans know, when you’re traveling by plane in the United States, you’re required to follow the 3-1-1 rule: “you’re allowed to bring a quart-sized bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes through the checkpoint. These are limited to 3.4 ounce or less per item.” (https://www.tsa.gov/videos/travel-tips-3-1-1-liquids-rule)

Other countries follow similar guidelines, i.e. when flying in the U.K., “containers must hold no more than 100ml, containers must be in a single, transparent, resealable plastic bag, with holds no more than a litre and measures approximately 20xm x 20cm, and contents must fit comfortably inside the bag so it can be sealed.” (https://www.gov.uk/hand-luggage-restrictions/essential-medicines-and-medical-equipment) Similar restrictions are followed in Australia, Canada, the E.U., etc.

But if you’re on certain medications, especially if they’re in liquid form and take up more than 3.4 ounces, then what do you do? Well, in the United States, the Transportation Security Administration (T.S.A.) has got you covered:
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