That’s how many full days left I have in Mexico. Two times thirty one calendar days plus one. The ticket home to the UK is booked for February 16th, a direct flight from DF to London Heathrow. British Airways of all airlines, with whom I had sworn to avoid flying at all costs. Or all reasonable costs. Thing is, it is direct and is one of the cheapest options.
I’m paying just a few dollars extra, and by flying direct I do avoid the ridiculous hassle of going via the US. The body scanners which seem to be creating such an extraordinary fuss don’t bother me in the slightest. They are something which tend to bother* those sort of people who want to feel bothered whenever possible, and who revel in eeking out vague interpretations held within an incredibly outdated document called the Constitution, which they mistakenly believe to hold some magical powers that protects them from the evils of the world.
What bothers me about travelling through the US is the grief of having to collect my checked in baggage, checking it in again, and wading through endless queues. In fact, if body scanning, as gimmicky as it may be, can help speed up at least part of the process, then I’m all for it.
But anyway, I digress. It’s been a couple of years since I’ve flown, and things have changed. Prices for one. I’ve been monitoring fares for months, which have generally been a thousand dollars plus. A few select flights came below that four figure barrier a couple of weeks ago, and I have pounced now as they show signs of rising again.
The fare I’ve bought was the only one that didn’t rise today, and fortunately it was on the day I had earmarked for travel. I’ve been using Hipmunk as my fare monitor of choice, by the way. And very good it is too. I wrote a little something about it a while back. It’s by far the best flight search tool I’ve come across. Flights ordered in an easy on the eye manner, with tabbed searches.
I digress again. Another change, but one that really bothers me. Luggage. One was previously allowed two free pieces of luggage when crossing the Atlantic. Not so anymore. Just one 23kg bag these days. Want to take another? Up to $50 extra for the first extra bag, depending on airline. As much as $100 for subsequent bags. Paola is allowed a grand total of zero free bags of checked luggage when she flies to Milwaukee for Christmas next week.
You can, though, buy the extra luggage allowance online. Which I duly went to do. Alas, I got to the right page only to find that British Airways does not seem prepared to allow me to take a second bag. The drop down menu for the outbound flight is defunct. I will have to investigate. It was going to be hard enough to pack all I want to take into two bags. But to have just one bag?? I’m also going to have to investigate the possibility of having DHL, Fedex or UPS ship stuff to the UK with their luggage services.
* …but I do refrain from suggesting the scanners bother exclusively those who want to feel bothered. Some perfectly right minded people who are not normally bothered by trivial botherations have also been known to object. It’s just that the majority of the botherees who have bothered to record their botheredness, the ones I’ve bothered to read anyway, have tended to be fairly petty, last century sort of persons of a bothersome nature.