Two parents, five overweight bags, and a college-bound daughter about to burst into tears. Talk about a stressful beginning to the "Long Goodbye." We'd opted to fly Southwest to bring my daughter, Mel, to college because we each could bring two bags free. I hadn't bargained on them being so heavy. I should have weighed them, I thought ruefully, as we frantically rearranged... read more
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Of course you’re a little nervous.It’s not easy to put a child on a plane solo whether they’re five or 15, whether this is their first flight or 50th. Thousands of kids as young as five routinely fly on Southwest every year and especially in summer. Parents pay $50 each way to make sure they are taken care of and supervised. But on Southwest, once kids... read more
I hate saying no—especially on vacation. No, you can’t have that $50 sweatshirt. No, you can’t order that $30 steak. Vacation is a time to indulge, after all. But budgets are tight and none of us want to pull out that credit card on vacation and worry about the bill later. The good news: You can have plenty of fun in the in the sun and not bust the... read more
Eileen Ogintz is considered a leading national travel expert and syndicated columnist of the weekly column "Taking the Kids." Her work is also featured on southwest.com, and for the first time, we are featuring her Spring Break tips with our fellow Nuts readers! I've spent Spring Breaks hunting for the "perfect" sand dollar on a Sanibel Island beach,... read more