American Airlines piles on new luggage fees

American Airlines announced Thursday that it will begin assessing passengers a $15 fee for their first piece of checked luggage.  This fee is on top of the normal fare, which presumably used to include passage for you AND your luggage. This 'Additional Revenue Initiative" is just one of a series of steps American is taking in its attempt to return to profitability. Some American Airlines customer have suggested other ways to increase revenue such as a "Walking Down the Aisle Fee" or a "Flushing the Toliet Fee".

Southwest Airlines, meanwhile, has promised not to jump into the arbitrary fee game. 

"We want to assure you that Southwest Airlines still allows you to check up to two free bags when you travel with us, and has no plans to change that. You can still count on Southwest Airlines to provide high quality air travel at a low fare, without a lot of extra fees. We look forward to seeing you onboard very soon. (And bring your luggage!)", the company said in a statement released.

To help travelers cope with various airline's luggage fees, Loews Hotels has introduced a new "Baggage Buy Back" program.  Arriving guests can present any airline bag fee receipt at the front desk to receive the rebate, which will be issued in the form of a credit to their bill at check-out. The Baggage Buy Back rebate is available at Loews' 18 properties in the U.S. and Canada, beginning June 15 through Labor Day. Loews Hotels will offer credit for up to two bags for a maximum of $30 per occupied room per stay.

"In just the last few months, airlines have added myriad new fees to cover rising fuel prices," said Jonathan Tisch, chairman and CEO of Loews Hotels. "At Loews Hotels, we want to demonstrate to our guests how much we appreciate their business and one way we can do this is by helping them rein in some of the hidden costs of travel that are becoming increasingly common."

WhistlePig + Alfa Romeo F1

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The third iteration in WhistlePig’s Single Barrel PiggyBack Legends Series, the Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake Barrel is bottled at 96.77 proof, a nod to Valtteri Bottas’ racing number, 77, and the precision of racing. Inspired by Zhou Guanyu, the first Chinese F1 driver, this Rye Whiskey is finished with lychee and oolong tea. Herbal and floral notes of the oolong tea complement the herbaceous notes of WhistlePig’s signature PiggyBack 100% Rye, rounded out with a juicy tropical fruit finish and a touch of spice.

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Open less than two years, Descanso Resort offers gay men a relaxing and luxurious boutique hotel experience just minutes away from Palm Springs' buzziest restaurants, nightclubs, and shopping. Descanso has quickly established itself as a top destination for sophisticated gay travelers, earning hundreds of 5-star guest reviews and consistently ranking in Trapadvisor's top positions alongside brother properties Santiago Resort and Twin Palms Resort.

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