Boarding an airplane is such a pain in the neck. Can the process be fixed? – Los Angeles Times
Catharine Hamm at the LA Times tackled a reader question about why boarding sucks. The problem, in my eyes, is all the carve-outs for people with status, credit cards, priority, etc. Go back to the way Northwest used to do it. “Attention passengers. Get on or we’re leaving you here.” The random scrum seems to work best. But those carve-outs will never go away, so it’s not going to happen.
Fly Now, Pay Later: Are Travel Loans a Good Deal? – Associated Press/NerdWallet
A trend that’s long been normal elsewhere is becoming more popular in the US: taking loans out to fund travel. I am always skeptical about loans for things like this unless there’s a very specific reason. For example, let’s see you have a good friend getting married somewhere far away and you know your tax refund will cover it. You just don’t have it yet. Ok, fine. Do what you need to do to be there. But for regular vacations? It’s risky.