360° CorrespondentI can’t believe we are days away from the unofficial start to summer: Memorial Day. I know, it’s not the solstice, but who needs one when there’s a sale everywhere you look? And we’ll need them. Chances are, this Memorial Day weekend will be different from years past. Maybe you’ve decided to skip the road trip this year (AAA says you’re not alone) thanks to the ever-increasing cost of gas. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but sticking around the home front may not be much of a bargain, either.
Everything from beer to buns to briquettes will likely cost you more than they did last year. Paper plates are almost 14 percent more than last year. Lettuce is up 9 percent. And those hamburger buns? Up almost 17 percent. This is the highest food inflation we’ve seen in nearly two decades – which is also a major factor in the food crisis. The worst part? These prices aren’t coming down.
And neither are airline prices, especially if you’re flying American.
I was upset earlier this year when most airlines announced they’d begin charging for a second bag. I like to think I can pack pretty light, even with a toddler, but this really bugged. Now, I rarely even check a second bag, but knowing that I no longer had the (free) option hurt. Yes, I’d rather pack light than pay more for my ticket, but what’s next?! Paying for water? Maybe…
Today American Airlines announced you’ll be charged $15 for your first checked bag. No more freebies. The overhead bins are already groaning…not to mention your wallet.
This is crazy! Flying fish – for real. ‘Nuff said. Enjoy!
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