Six Things to Know Before

Six Things to Know Before Buying That Cheap Air Ticket: missing your flight will cost you, airlines are cutting back flights, taxes make your ticket more expensive, previously discounted travelers may pay more, and your ticket will be electronic. Here’s what I found shocking: According to the Air Transport Association, $51 of the cost of a $200 ticket now goes toward taxes, up from $29 five years ago.

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Gephart knows best. Dick Gephart

Gephart knows best. Dick Gephart thinks that airlines “need help” downsizing. This is so ripe for jokes (government downsizing?) but it just isn’t funny. It’s hard to imagine government picking which airlines should fly, how often they should fly, to where, what they should charge.. oh, actually it isn’t hard to imagine at all. That’s how the system worked prior to 1978. Since deregulation, real prices have fallen more than 20% and consumers save nearly $20 billion/year.

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Now this is a stretch.

Now this is a stretch. A Springfield, IL Denny’s is losing money between 3am and 5am Sunday mornings due to patrons — many coming from the bars as they close — walking out without paying their bill. They decided to lock up for those two hours. The NAACP is threatening to sue.

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