If you’ve ever flown with the budget carrier, you know that Spirit Airlines’ baggage limit for a personal item is uniquely small. Customers who haven’t paid the mandatory fee of $35 (online) to $65 (at the gate) for a carry-on are only allowed a personal item about the size of a tote bag, day pack, or very small duffel—under 18 x 14 x 8 inches, to be exact. It’s difficult to fit everything you need for a weekend into those dimensions, but it’s not impossible; I’ve done it many times with the help of a near-maximum (or ever-so-slightly over-the-maximum) personal item like the ones below. Related: Personal Item Luggage That Make Great Day Bags The Best Personal Items for Spirit Airlines’ Baggage Limit Here are the best bags for maximizing Spirit Airlines’ baggage allowance and avoiding a paid carry-on bag. Note: Because in recent years Spirit has become much more lax about actually measuring cabin bags, I’ve included a couple … [Read more...] about 10 Best Personal Items for Spirit Airlines’ Baggage Limit
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For seasoned globetrotters, jet lag is an all-too-familiar part of international travel—the fatigue, the disorientation, and especially that pesky inner alarm that wakes you up at 4:00 a.m. and sends you stumbling back to bed before dinnertime. While there’s no real cure, the advice below explains how to avoid jet lag and which remedies are most likely to help. What Is Jet Lag? Jet lag is a physical reaction to a rapid change in time zones. It affects most travelers, including seasoned flyers like flight attendants and pilots. Common symptoms include disorientation, irritability, insomnia, fatigue, dry eyes, headaches, irregular bowels, and general malaise. Note that flying from, say, New York City to Santiago won’t produce jet lag in the true sense because both cities are in the same time zone—but the effects of the long flight might feel quite a bit like classic jet lag. In these cases, you’re just tired from the flight, and a good night’s sleep … [Read more...] about The Best Ways to Prevent and Treat Jet Lag
Even before a big winter storm looms into the forecast, you should be aware of your travel rights for winter storm flight cancellations—which can come in sudden, widespread waves, causing airport panic that makes it hard to think clearly. Because passengers actually do have an array of rights in winter weather cancellations. The first fact you need to know is that, in recent years, airlines have adopted a policy of making widespread, preemptive cancellations in advance of an actual storm. They rely on weather reports in order to manage their planes and flight personnel more efficiently, to make sure planes and crews are in a position to re-start operations most readily, and to avoid the huge fines they have to pay if they strand you on the tarmac for more than three hours. While this approach occasionally means cancelling flights that could really have operated, for the most part, preemptive cancellations seem to work better. Related:5 Insurance Tips for Avoiding Winter Flight … [Read more...] about What Are My Rights in a Winter Storm Flight Cancellation?
But they are suddenly showing some cracks. The Chiefs’ 19-13 loss to the Colts Sunday night was their first of the season, and their injury situation is getting serious. The Chiefs don’t look quite so dominant right now, which is where we begin our Week 5 review: ■ The Chiefs didn’t skip much of a beat when Tyreek Hill suffered a clavicle injury in Week 1, winning their first four games and averaging nearly 34 points per game. But now the injuries are starting to pile up. Sammy Watkins, who has been terrific this year filling in for Hill, played just two snaps Sunday night because of a hamstring injury. And Mahomes suffered a scary ankle injury that didn’t force him from the game but clearly affected him. Mahomes still threw for his 321 yards, but he had just one touchdown pass, and the Chiefs snapped their streak of 25 consecutive games of scoring at least 25 points. And the Chiefs still have a lot of problems on defense, even after … [Read more...] about Week 5 review: Chiefs are starting to show some cracks
The Patriots take on the New York Giants Thursday, a matchup that likely won’t include Saquon Barkley, who is dealing with a high ankle sprain. Regardless, Patriots head coach Belichick spoke before Tuesday’s practice about how the team’s defense will be prepared for whomever they face. “We’ll be ready for everybody,” Belichick said. “I don’t see them holding back anything.” Belichick noted the performances of both Barkley (“he has more production than anyone in the history of the game”) and Giants rookie quarterback Daniel Jones (“he’s a very accurate quarterback and has good poise..He’s been impressive) as skilled assets to the Giants offense. Still, he believes that the “versatility” of his defense will allow them to compete against anyone. “It’s huge. We face a different offense every week, even if they’re the same, they’re different because of the personnel. To … [Read more...] about Bill Belichick explained what makes the Patriots’ defense unique