What I want to do is not dwell on what happened with the airlines last week, I think we have discussed that to death but I want to address a glaring problem I saw during all the discussion. The issue is with, what from a purely legal standpoint, is the airline responsible for when situations like this occur. First, lets look at who owns the airline seat. When you pay for a seat on any airline, you are just renting that seat from the airline but ownership of that seat and what can be done with that seat still belongs to the airline. Secondly, lets take a look at overbooking. Even though the situation that happened was technically not an overbooking situation, it is legal for all airlines to overbook by a certain percentage. The Government allows this because on virtually every flight there are no-shows and cancellations.
We always get questioned about safety when traveling to Mexico. I think it is a valid question given the exposure this topic has gotten from the press. Let’s start by saying that Mexican Tourism from the U.S. has increased by 12% in 2016 for a total of over 12 million travelers from the U.S. visiting Mexico in 2016.
In this post I want to talk about something I am seeing more and more on the Internet and on Social Media. This is the proliferation of companies advertising travel Deals for unheard of prices. I have seen prices such as $399 per couple for 5 nights in a 5 star all inclusive resort.
This month we are going to discuss something that has confused mankind for years, airline pricing and scheduling. I will try to explain these things in layman’s language.
This months travel tip is a discussion of something we have covered before. It is determining how the actual rating of a resort is developed. I want to re-discuss this because I am seeing an alarming number of 1 and 2 star resorts being rated at 4 & 5 star resorts. This can have a huge impact on the type and quality of your vacation and resort choices.
I wanted to cover a topic that that I am seeing a lot more in travel today. That is the situation where a client arrives at a resort only to find that the quality of the resort has been misrepresented on various websites online, including the resort’s own website. This is created by the fact that ratings are so subjective and, once you get outside of the U.S., ratings can be anything the resort wants published and ratings are not regulated.
A new situation has been quietly increasing with hotels. This is the addition of ancillary fees added on top of the room rate. These are known by a number of different names, the most common being “Resort Fees”. They are additional fees that cover amenities at the resort whether you use them or not. They cover things like parking, pool towel service, use of tennis courts, use of the pool and beach. This has been standard practice in places like Hawaii for a number of years but they are now being extended to other hotels and resorts in the U.S. They are not going away but you need to be aware of them when booking hotels and resorts. When you get a room rate make sure you understand what that rate includes and what if any additional fees or taxes the hotel or resort may charge.