Pay for carry-on bags - bah!....Off to the Emerald Isle
More on this in Saturday's Travel section, but for now suffice to say we've witnessed yet another sign of impending doom in the world with news that Florida-based Spirit Airlines will charge up to $45 TO BRING A CARRY-ON BAG ON BOARD A PLANE.
Do these people have no shame? Honestly, folks. Pay for a carry-on, PLUS paying for a regular bag?
Spirit (somehow the name doesn't fit, does it) says folks can bring a personal item like a knapsack or a purse but it has to fit under the seat in front of them. If it doesn't fit, and has to go in the overhead, then whammo, you pay. There are discounts if you register your carry-on in advance (only $30 in that case), but that means more paperwork so thanks for that.
If you join their Fare club for $9, you pay less still. (I think UNFAIR club is more like it).
Ridiculous. But, then again, if folks pay it who's the fool?
Never been to the Emerald Isle. But I'm leaving for Heathrow in a few minutes and will fly on BMI (should be interesting) to Dublin Friday morning.
Spending two nights at the Clarence Hotel, the boutique spot in Temple Bar that's owned by the guys from U2. I somehow doubt I'll spot Bono or the Edge, but ya never know.
If anyone knows of some great spots in Dublin, send me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org. I think they just might have a spot or two to down a pint...or two.
After that it's Tipperary, Cliffs of Moher, Galway, Ashford Castle, Donegal, Belfast and back home. Can't wait.
Look for more on Ireland, of course, in coming months in Star Travel. With the Canadian dollar at a 10-year high against the Euro, and the British pound suffering against our mighty loonie, there really hasn't been a better time to visit Europe in quite a long while....