airport-parking-signThe USA Today reports that airport parking rates are rising across the US:

“Chicago’s O’Hare and Midway airports and San Diego’s Lindbergh Field announced parking price increases earlier this month, following other large airports that raised rates in the past year.

They include:  Minneapolis-St. Paul; Los Angeles; Honolulu; Little Rock National; St. Louis; Dallas/Fort Worth; Detroit; Boston; Pittsburgh; Oklahoma City’s Will Rogers; Indianapolis; and Portland, Ore.

At O’Hare, rates for most long-term parking (5 hours or more) will rise by $1, and the 24-hour maximum will increase by $1, to $31, at the daily lot.

At Midway, a $1 increase will apply for long-term parking (7 hours or more) at the hourly and daily garages, and the 24-hour maximum will increase by $1, to $29. Rates for short-term parking will remain the same at both airports.

Starting July 1, San Diego airport will change its rate structure, which will result in higher prices. Parking for an hour will rise by $1, to $4. The daily maximum for the first day will remain at $21, but each additional 24 hours will cost $26.”

Here’s some more travel news you can use:

  • The New York Times reports that “nearly 100 hotels are scheduled to open in major American cities this year” – despite the fact that many hotels are having trouble filling rooms.  New York will have the most new hotels, 46, followed by Houston, with 30.  New hotels are opening as well in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Miami, Los Angeles, and Washington.  I feel a buyers market coming on.
  • American Airlines will expand its “cashless cabin” to all flights effective Feb. 1.   The carrier previously required passengers to use only credit or debit cards for on-board purchases in the continental U.S. and on flights to and from Hawaii, Alaska and Canada.  American Eagle and AmericanConnection flights will continue to accept only cash for on-board purchases.  The list of airlines accepting only plastic in the air are:  Southwest Airlines, JetBlue, United and Continental Airlines.
  • Air New Zealand – which was recently named “Airline of the Year” by Air Transport World magazine – is taking some heat for degrading women in an advertisement which portrays middle-aged women as “cougars” on the hunt for young men.  Women’s right’s groups and rape prevention organizations have branded the onine promotion appalling, disgusting and degrading to women.
  • The Department of Transportation recently unveiled a website (airconsumer.dot.gov) that makes it easier for passengers to file complaints about airline service and keep track of the rates for on-time arrivals and lost baggage.