Crazy Ways That Airlines Have Decreased Weight On Planes, To Help Reduce Fuel Costs

When you’re an airline (or any large scale entity that serves the public), every little bit helps the bottom line.

Anybody else old enough to remember yogurt cartons that were 8 ounces? Full half-gallon containers of ice cream? When metal toys began to be made out of plastic? When hotels stopped changing the sheets every day?

Those little changes here and there, be it shrinking a package but charging the same amount, or using cheaper materials, or cutting corners by stopping a service that’s conveniently also good for the environment, are small ways that companies can save more money. The way airlines do it though is pretty fascinating…

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Why Do Hotels Charge For Parking? And How Can You Get Around Having To Pay For It?

Your trip is all planned – your hotel deposit is paid for, and you know how much your taxes and hotel fees are going to be. You drive to your destination and then you’re reminded about something you forgot to take into consideration – overnight parking charges.

Crap.

Why DO hotels charge you for parking, anyway? And how can you avoid paying for it? Well…

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Maybe Airlines Can Follow In This Resort’s Footsteps To Reduce Their Carbon Footprints

Not long ago, I wrote a post about how different countries were looking at different ways to make their carbon footprint smaller. Most have proposed imposing some sort of tax on the airlines, although a few have suggested other methods such as outlawing domestic flights. However, it wasn’t lost on me that nearly all of the suggestions just raised money and did nothing for the environment. Unless the money raised was going to go towards environmental pursuits? I dunno.

Meanwhile, a resort will be opening in the few years and it has its head in the right place when it comes to protecting the environment.

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How To Be Cheap And Frugal When You Travel, But Still Be Smart About It

I remember how I felt when I heard the simple idea that has changed the way I travel. I was trying to save money everywhere I could and ended up spending more time getting from place A to place B or not buying something that would make my travel easier or more enjoyable. I’ve stopped worrying about every little expense and my travels are much better because of the change. I don’t stress over every decision. I don’t spend hours figuring out travel plans when a simpler plan that is a little more expensive is available.

I realized that Sharon and I have been making these decisions that deal with our bigger travel plans for years. What flights will we take? Which hotel should we stay at? What size car should we rent and from who? As we’ve gotten older and traveled more, we realize that it’s often best for us to spend a little more, but to pick our spots where we’ll get the best return. All of these factors are the same if I’m booking with cash or with miles and points.

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How Much Would It Cost To Live On The Disney Cruise For An Entire Year?

When the very first Disney Cruise set sail in 1998, it was an immediate success. The Disney Magic sailed on three- and four-night trips to the Bahamas from Port Canaveral, and introduced cruise enthusiasts, who were used to ships that mainly catered to adults, to a new concept they called “family cruising.”

Cruises on the Disney Magic were so popular that more Disney Cruise ships were added in 1999 (Disney Wonder), 2011 (Disney Dream) and 2012 (Disney Fantasy). This has allowed Disney to offer cruises of a variety of lengths to a variety of ports. Three more Disney Cruise ships are on the way in 2021 (Disney Wish), 2022 and 2023.

Disney cruises have set industry-first standards. For example, most of their cabins have balconies and most staterooms have bathtubs, which was not the case of most cruise ships in the late 20th century. They created a rotating dining experience instead of the traditional “same seat in the same room every night” that most cruise ships offered. They were the first cruise line to launch the “soda card” concept. And, of course, Disney ships were planned with kids in mind, instead of adults (although there are lots of adult-only areas onboard).

Disney ships still offer traditional cruise amenities such as movie theaters, spas, arcades, fitness centers, shopping, beauty salons, numerous bars/lounges, laundromats, etc. The only thing they don’t have that people have come to expect to see on a cruise ship are casinos. There are no casinos on any Disney cruise ship.

Disney cruises have become so popular that some people go back time and time again. In fact, I’m sure some people would love to live on a Disney Cruise ship. But Disney cruises aren’t cheap and can you imagine what it would cost to just live there? Well, no worries…someone already did the math for us…

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