The LG Travel News Roundup: Hello Kitty Brand Extends to Airlines

Weekly Travel News — By on May 11, 2012 at 6:00 am

By Susmita Baral
LG News Intern

Missed the big travel stories of the week? And the weird, wacky and insignificant ones? We’ve got your roundup right here…

Hello Kitty Air
Eva Airlines and Sanrio have collaborated to create a Hello Kitty themed airlines that will fly between Taiwan, South Korea, Japan and Hong Kong. The experience includes a Hello Kitty boarding pass, self check-in counters with Hello Kitty motifs and Hello Kitty themed in flight food. Source: Reuters

Baggage Charges Reach New Heights
As of November 6, 2012, Spirit Airlines will charge passengers $100 for their carry-on item. The American-based airline already charges its customers $45 for bringing luggage on board. Extra fees have become the norm as of 2008, bringing in billions of dollars of revenue. How do airlines justify these fees? Rising air fuel costs. According to Spirit Airlines, last year the cost of fuel hiked by 27.5 million. Raising costs for fuel is fair; however, one must ask: Why not just increase ticket prices? Source: CNN
The $1 Vacation Home
If you think in this economy you can’t get travel on a budget, think again! Time Magazine’s Brad Tuttle shares that if you look at the right places, you can timeshares for $1 or even $0! Tuttle writes, “Timeshare Resale Vacations has a web page devoted to timeshares with asking prices of $1, while Redweek.com’s Bargain Resales section consists of timeshares with list prices of $0. Dozens of free and nearly free timeshares are listed at SellMyTimeShareNow as well.” But buyer beware, there is a reason people are doing anything to drop these vacation shares: fees and maintenance can add up to thousands. Source: Time
Hitler’s Vacation Island
Fourteen miles North of France lies Jersey island, a quaint island with beautiful beaches. It’s no wonder that former German dictator Adolf Hitler had dreams for a holiday island there. The problem? He wanted it to be for Germans only.  A year after Hitler’s acquisition of the island, he ordered the island be turned into an “unassailable fortress.” The island was liberated on May 9, 1945 and till this date, the island celebrates their liberation. Source: Daily Mail

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    1 Comment

  • Ione Mcvenes says:

    Too funny, Paul. Thanks for commenting. My personal favorite is Spiderman. We’ve worked on projects involving Spidey; it’s great fun. Brings out the “kid” in all of us. Hey, who doesn’t love superheroes even as adults? Expect this summer’s crop of blockbuster movies to spawn great licensed products.