Beginning Nov. 6, Spirit Airlines will charge as much as $100 to bring a bag on board. The carry-on bag fee applies to ones that must go in the overhead bin (not for a bag that can fit underneath the seat in front of you). If you pay for both carry-on and checked bags online, you will pay a reduced rate. The current fee is $30 each way, which will increase to $35 each way on Nov. 6. If you pay at the airport kiosk, you'll pay $40 each way or $50 each way beginning Nov. 6. The $100 gate fee is supposed to discourage people from paying at the gate and slowing down the boarding process. You can find a list of the airline's fees at spirit.com/OptionalFees.aspx.
DALLAS MORNING NEWSHotels up the ante with park discounts
Many hotels include passes to on-site or nearby theme and water parks to sweeten a travel deal for families. While Atlantis is the big draw for those traveling to the Bahamas, there are other options closer to home. One such venue is Wisconsin's Wilderness Hotel and Golf Resort in the Dells. Off-peak travel rates go as low as $99 per night, and include guest passes to the four indoor water parks and four-story dry foam area.
MCCLATCHY NEWS SERVICEGambling isn't Vegas' biggest growth area
Gambling isn't leaving Las Vegas but it's losing its foothold as the big earner in the city. Even though gambling revenue was up 2.6 percent statewide in fiscal 2011, it accounted for just 46.2 percent of revenue, the lowest percentage ever. Food revenue was up 6.9 percent, beverage income climbed 9.8 percent and the room revenue increased 10.3 percent.
COX NEWSPAPERSOrganize meet-ups with GiddyUp
GiddyUp is a free app that lets you organize events through contacts on your iPhone, iPad, Android device, and through Facebook and Twitter accounts. It's a great app for both business and leisure.
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