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2013-05-12 12:04:47 PM

CruJones: High speed rail is not a viable solution for a country this damn big.  Comparing Germany to the continental US is simply not accurate.  Within California?  From Boston to NY?  Sure.  But from San Antonio to Portland?  No way.  Even at 100mph, with zero stops it would be over 17 hours, vs. a 3.5 hour flight.  In reality, it would take probably two days.  I'm not wasting four days traveling, even as crappy as flying is.


HSR travels about twice that fast.
 
2013-05-12 12:04:54 PM

Nick Nostril: Like "sitting on the washer during a spin cycle" good?


Like "sitting on the washing machine during the spin cycle with Mila Kunis on your lap" good.
 
2013-05-12 12:05:46 PM

kidgenius: Steve 319:
I don't have any idea, I would guess some sort of tag on the bags or bag sizer by the gate.

Sounds like management hadn't either. The cost of implementing thus may cost more than what they bring in from it.
If the space is in the bind the FAs will say "fark it" instead of putting off pax.


I have very little doubt that there will be some very unhappy flight attendants sorting it out, hopefully they are working on the implementation.

I believe the main motivation behind this is to drive the bookings to the website instead of the travel websites, that is a small part of why southwest is successful, they don't use the travel websites at all. It looks like Frontier is hoping to do the same. The price for the ticket is the same regardless of where you book it but the airline is charged a fee by the travel websites for the booking.
 
2013-05-12 12:06:21 PM

Carth: CruJones: High speed rail is not a viable solution for a country this damn big.  Comparing Germany to the continental US is simply not accurate.  Within California?  From Boston to NY?  Sure.  But from San Antonio to Portland?  No way.  Even at 100mph, with zero stops it would be over 17 hours, vs. a 3.5 hour flight.  In reality, it would take probably two days.  I'm not wasting four days traveling, even as crappy as flying is.

China has high speed rail and it is as big as the US. You can take a high speed train Bejiing to Shanghai (800 miles) in under 5 hours. You can also take a train from Beijing to Lhasa (3753 miles) for $150 and you get to see some great scenery on the way.


We don't have political prisoners to use as a labor force, and we have safety regulations, and NIMBYs that need to be dealt with, rather than just moved whether they like it or not
So while China does have a system, it was orders of magnitude less expensive than it would be here, and politically much, much easier than it would be in the US.

Not saying that we shouldn't look at an try to get all of the major cities linked by high speed, I'm just saying that comparing it to China only compares the geographical distances involved, and none of the other factors.
 
2013-05-12 12:10:33 PM
I'm not getting a kick, as I just spent about 4500 on three tickets for my deckhands and I.
I will still be on the hook for baggage fees, which should be well over 100 dollars.

/Alaska airlines can EABOD (but even that would taste better than their in flight food service)
 
2013-05-12 12:12:38 PM

buzzcut73: Carth: CruJones: High speed rail is not a viable solution for a country this damn big.  Comparing Germany to the continental US is simply not accurate.  Within California?  From Boston to NY?  Sure.  But from San Antonio to Portland?  No way.  Even at 100mph, with zero stops it would be over 17 hours, vs. a 3.5 hour flight.  In reality, it would take probably two days.  I'm not wasting four days traveling, even as crappy as flying is.

China has high speed rail and it is as big as the US. You can take a high speed train Bejiing to Shanghai (800 miles) in under 5 hours. You can also take a train from Beijing to Lhasa (3753 miles) for $150 and you get to see some great scenery on the way.

We don't have political prisoners to use as a labor force, and we have safety regulations, and NIMBYs that need to be dealt with, rather than just moved whether they like it or not
So while China does have a system, it was orders of magnitude less expensive than it would be here, and politically much, much easier than it would be in the US.

Not saying that we shouldn't look at an try to get all of the major cities linked by high speed, I'm just saying that comparing it to China only compares the geographical distances involved, and none of the other factors.


I agree it would be more expensive and harder to do in the US with the regulations and NIMBYs (but we have more prisoners and immigrants so labor shouldn't be the problem).  There is no reason we can't do a Bos-NYC-DC high speed rail.. The one in the US would be half as long, twice as expensive and still a good deal.

If i could get from DC to NY in 90 minutes by train i wouldn't even consider flying/driving.
 
2013-05-12 12:12:49 PM
Yep, I'll drive
s3.amazonaws.com
 
2013-05-12 12:13:36 PM

thisisyourbrainonFark: Pockafrusta: We HATE the flying experience, but both love to fly.

[1.bp.blogspot.com image 152x143]


As other farkers have mentioned, the actual experience of being ona  plane is fun for them, but it's the outrageous BS that people are shoved through just to get anywhere near the damn plane that is the PITA.

Another thing I'm guessing has changed since my last flight in July 2001: The seats are probably so narrowed now that only a circus midget with no pelvis can comfortably sit in one. Amirite?

/Last flew on Midwest Express
// Misses those leather seats, champagne, and fresh choco chip cookies

www.airlinemeals.net
 
2013-05-12 12:15:19 PM

wildcardjack: I'm 6'5" and my shoulders are wider than many domestic doors.

I do not fold up. I don't like the idea of flying in anything less than Virgin's upgraded class.

I also have an interest in JC Penny continuing to exist. They're the only major company making apparel my size available in quality at reasonable prices. Casual Male might carry my size but they're charging Nordstrom prices for K-Mart clothing. And farking stop telling me to shop the internet, you farking midgets are size discriminators.


YOU DON'T MIND IF I PUT MY SEAT BACK, DO YOU THANK YOU!
 
2013-05-12 12:15:36 PM

dukeblue219: Aar1012: Amtrak is pretty good and cheap when compared to airlines.

What routes are you speaking of? In my experience there are VERY few routes where Amtrak is going to be price-competitive with the airlines.... really just in the Northeast Corridor.


I did Boston to Cleveland for about $160 round trip. Compare that to the $300 via airlines.
 
2013-05-12 12:16:19 PM

cig-mkr: leevis: Smeggy Smurf: dstanley: Drive from where to where, exactly?

From here to there

What if I don't want to go there?

I don't think you can get there from here.


I've been there; I know the way.
 
2013-05-12 12:18:42 PM

Carth: If i could get from DC to NY in 90 minutes by train i wouldn't even consider flying/driving.


The Acela time of 2 hours 45 mins really isn't that bad, and they've got wifi.
 
2013-05-12 12:18:47 PM
Problem is, if  as a consumer, I reject these fees, and help put the greedier airlines out of business, won't my tax money get spent to bail them out anyway?
 
2013-05-12 12:28:03 PM
This is what they have in Europe for HSR and it's great:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TGV
 
2013-05-12 12:30:49 PM
Does anyone else find it annoying when you plan a trip, and get to the seat selection all the good seats are taken. The only ones left are an additional fee. EVEN WHEN YOU ARE BOOKING A MONTH IN ADVANCE?
 
2013-05-12 12:32:22 PM

cig-mkr: Does anyone else find it annoying it to be most likely a big lie when you plan a trip, and get to the seat selection all the good seats are taken. The only ones left are an additional fee. EVEN WHEN YOU ARE BOOKING A MONTH IN ADVANCE?

 
2013-05-12 12:33:39 PM

ThighsofGlory: cig-mkr: leevis: Smeggy Smurf: dstanley: Drive from where to where, exactly?

From here to there

What if I don't want to go there?

I don't think you can get there from here.

I've been there; I know the way.


By the way is it far away ?
 
2013-05-12 12:42:31 PM

cig-mkr: Does anyone else find it annoying when you plan a trip, and get to the seat selection all the good seats are taken. The only ones left are an additional fee. EVEN WHEN YOU ARE BOOKING A MONTH IN ADVANCE?


It really depends on the airline. Some airlines (British Airways for one) only allow elites to choose a seat prior to 24 hours pre-flight, which is a tremendous value to the infrequent flyer.
 
2013-05-12 12:46:25 PM
I've no need to fly, so I don't. Ages ago, I flew to Mexico and back. Later I took a Greyhound Bus to another state. I took a cruise ship to the Bahamas.

Most of the long distance traveling I did when younger was by car.

I road in a train once from Florida to New Jersey but I was so young I can barely recall it.

When I flew, the airlines were much different, nicer and cheaper.

If you've ever read a National Geographic Magazine from the 60's and 70's, you'll see how Greyhound was pushing hard to become one of the main interstate passenger movers. They offered vacation packages, double decker busses with the upper deck mainly glass for viewing, stops at huge Greyhound Plaza's where you could get good food, shop in a few stores and stretch your legs for a bit.

The rise of the airlines hit them hard. Turning them into a shell of their former selves, seemingly mainly used by poor folks.

Trains used to be cool, from what I've read, heard and seen. You could get a compartment to yourself for an extra fee, there were dining cars, lounge cars, smoking cars and most pulled into big, comfortable stations. They were even working on drive on flatbed cars so you could travel with your vehicle or in it.

At their heyday, they also were working on double decker viewing cars and developing high speed versions, like in Europe.

Most folks drove, but then whole sections of the highways were designed to offer you entertainment and comfort with some pretty oddball places to stop. Back then, cars didn't always have A/C, they didn't have entertainment stations built in and no one had ever heard of an SUV.

So the Roadside Attractions could make for an interesting and unique trip.
They also used to have many more camp grounds for people with travel trailers and most were very reasonable with a lot of amenities.

Driving across the US used to be exciting and fun. Today, with the new cars and SUVs, it would seem like luxury. Today's cars are much more comfortable, less prone to breakdowns, even the tires are sturdier, meaning less flats. The SUV no longer means you have to cram all the kids in one long bench back seat, where they'll annoy each other out of boredom. GPS means the glove box full of impossible to refold, 4 foot square maps is no longer needed.

Then the big RVs make things even better. However, those buggers, being portable houses, tend to be fuel hogs and often diesel. Warranties usually do not allow you to run cheaper bio-diesel through them.

One of my brothers has one. It costs him $400 to fill up the tank when he comes down from South Carolina and $400 to go back but the thing is impressive.
I guess most folks these days are used to flying and getting someplace fast. Over the years I've seen the popularity of airlines rise and their quality drop as their prices exploded. 9/11 made getting on them a nightmare.

Twice I've read where the airlines have decreased the distance between seats to cram more passengers in and read where many do not carry FAA required emergency equipment when flying across oceans. Turns out the FAA can only suggest certain regulations be followed but can enforce others.

The rise of the airlines badly hurt travel by bus and train.

Now, they're close to a monopoly.

I've been thinking about a comfortable ride on an air conditioned train, in a private cubical, complete with fold away beds and dining in a comfortable dining car. The view at night must be spectacular traveling along the rails through cities and towns.

My mother and younger brother took a trip from Florida to Washington DC by rail some years ago when he was a kid, on vacation and they both thoroughly enjoyed it.

I still recall the family trips by car, towing a tiny travel trailer and stopping in these unique parks for the night. Us kids carried stacks of books and games to play on the long trips and it did, for us kids, get boring but we didn't have SUVs back then.

Maybe people might want to reconsider the Rt.66 era. Maybe they might want to drive again, or take the bus or the train.
 
2013-05-12 12:46:29 PM

Aar1012: dukeblue219: Aar1012: Amtrak is pretty good and cheap when compared to airlines.

What routes are you speaking of? In my experience there are VERY few routes where Amtrak is going to be price-competitive with the airlines.... really just in the Northeast Corridor.

I did Boston to Cleveland for about $160 round trip. Compare that to the $300 via airlines.


I suppose it varies depending on what part of the country you're in.  I live in the SF bay area, and every time I've checked Amtrak has been more expensive than any alternative (e.g. driving to Reno, flying to Chicago).  The only time I've seen Amtrak comes out even is for trips to Sacramento, and that only works if your destination in Sacramento is near the station or you can get a ride.

The cost of Amtrak gets especially high if you're looking at a multi-day trip and don't want to sleep in a chair.
 
2013-05-12 12:49:19 PM
Just got back from a three-week trip from Central Florida to Rapid City, SD, via Wichita, KS, with stops in Knoxville, and Atlanta.  Total cost:  $3500 (food, gas, lodging)

Just checked with Kayak - their price:  $4080 just for air fare (does not include any fees.)

Admittedly, the difference of $580 is not researched as well as if we had actually planned on flying but that's still a lot of money just for transportation.  Plus, we are retired so we can leave anytime we please.

Airlines can now officially fark themselves.
 
2013-05-12 12:52:42 PM

bunner: cig-mkr: Does anyone else find it annoying it to be most likely a big lie when you plan a trip, and get to the seat selection all the good seats are taken. The only ones left are an additional fee. EVEN WHEN YOU ARE BOOKING A MONTH IN ADVANCE?


Better yet, pay for the aisle seat on a late night flight, only to find the plane a quarter full. The flight attendant then says "We have plenty of seats, sit where you want."
 
2013-05-12 12:53:27 PM
It amazes me that no airlines can find a price point between "nickel and dimeing the cattle" and "thousands for business."
 
2013-05-12 12:54:17 PM
I just looked at Amtrak for a trip between my home in the Southwest to a point near where my family lives in the Midwest. Takes about as long as driving, costs about as much as flying, but that's with a 4 bed sleeper compartment.

I may well do that next year. Flying with kids sucks, especially if you have to make connections, which we usually do. Driving 20 plus hours with kids is impossible, you'd have to break up the drive into two or three days, which also sucks. Getting on a train and chilling out, getting to where you're going by the next day? Sure, why not?
 
2013-05-12 12:55:43 PM

ThighsofGlory: cig-mkr: leevis: Smeggy Smurf: dstanley: Drive from where to where, exactly?

From here to there

What if I don't want to go there?

I don't think you can get there from here.

I've been there; I know the way.


You knew the way. If you take that way now, you end up in a lake. They changed that way and built a bypass.
 
2013-05-12 12:58:26 PM
Why is everyone complaining?  If you'd just fly first class, you'd get your own bed.

i67.photobucket.com

/let them eat cake
 
2013-05-12 12:59:22 PM
Addendum to my previous message: The train takes 21 hours, which equal to the time it takes to drive. However, the train does not require you to stop overnight at least twice, so it takes 21 hours while driving takes three days. Hope that clears it up

/Too much beer last night
//Not enough coffee this morning
///Three slashies for great justice.
 
2013-05-12 12:59:49 PM

raerae1980: I have to fly back East this summer and visit family.  This really sucks as airfare is already borderline unaffordable.

I can actually remember when cheap airfare existed and I'm not old!!


You're definitely not old. If you were, you'd remember that when the government ran the airlines, only the wealthy could afford it.
 
2013-05-12 01:00:06 PM

DigitalCoffee: ThighsofGlory: cig-mkr: leevis: Smeggy Smurf: dstanley: Drive from where to where, exactly?

From here to there

What if I don't want to go there?

I don't think you can get there from here.

I've been there; I know the way.

You knew the way. If you take that way now, you end up in a lake. They changed that way and built a bypass

toll road
FTFY
 
2013-05-12 01:05:40 PM

He_Hate_Me: Why is everyone complaining?  If you'd just fly first class, you'd get your own bed.

[i67.photobucket.com image 470x353]

/let them eat cake


That as first class? Maybe 5-10 years ago.

www.justfares.com

is what it looks like now.
 
2013-05-12 01:11:45 PM

Carth: He_Hate_Me: Why is everyone complaining?  If you'd just fly first class, you'd get your own bed.

[i67.photobucket.com image 470x353]

/let them eat cake

That as first class? Maybe 5-10 years ago.

[www.justfares.com image 632x474]

is what it looks like now.


Yeah, I was about to say that first one doesn't even look great compared to many TATL business class seats these days.
 
2013-05-12 01:12:27 PM
Joel Shenker, a neurologist based in Columbia, Mo., says that the new fees reinforce his belief that it's "morally wrong" to give his business to an industry "that treats me so shabbily."

So it's morally wrong to have to pay for what you're getting. Lots of convenience store robbers out there who'll agree with that.
 
2013-05-12 01:15:41 PM

dstanley: Drive from where to where, exactly?


This tends to be the problem with visiting my family, since they live on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean from me. Not really a chance to do that, so occasionally I have to use a plane. Really horrid trip.
 
2013-05-12 01:16:37 PM
Rich people problems
 
2013-05-12 01:22:38 PM

jmsvrsn: Joel Shenker, a neurologist based in Columbia, Mo., says that the new fees reinforce his belief that it's "morally wrong" to give his business to an industry "that treats me so shabbily."

So it's morally wrong to have to pay for what you're getting. Lots of convenience store robbers out there who'll agree with that.


He's saying it's morally wrong to support a business which preys on the naive and uneducated. In other words, there are people not prepared to purchase a ticket without assistance and some airlines take great advantage of this, which he is against.
 
2013-05-12 01:24:03 PM

Tanthalas39: raerae1980: I have to fly back East this summer and visit family.  This really sucks as airfare is already borderline unaffordable.

I can actually remember when cheap airfare existed and I'm not old!!

You're definitely not old. If you were, you'd remember that when the government ran the airlines, only the wealthy could afford it.


I remember in the 1970's, you no longer had to be a member of the "Jet Set" to afford it, but it was still kind of a big deal. People used to dress nicely to fly, and though I was a kid, I recall all the great stuff; Captain's Tour of the cockpit (cue the gladiator movie jokes), a halfway-decent meal plus snacks, pack of playing cards, pillow, blanket, various magazines, unlimited drinks for the adults, and of course the kids got pin-on Honorary Captain's wings.
 
2013-05-12 01:24:59 PM
No references to "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" yet?

/you people are slacking off

//and by "you people," I'm only referring to Farkers
 
2013-05-12 01:27:48 PM
Charlie checked his bags in Austin, flew to New York City,
And connected for Bangor, Maine.
When he got there the attendant told him "ninety more dollars" --
Charlie couldn't get off that plane!

But did he ever return, no, he never returned
And his fate is still unlearned.
He may fly forever in the skies of America,
He's the man who never returned.
 
2013-05-12 01:29:50 PM
The sad thing is that Amtrak hasn't been able to use this to significantly increase ridership.  If anything, they seem to be doing as much as the airlines to fark over their potential customer base.  I'd gladly take a train if it didn't cost twice as much as a flight and take two days to reach a destination I could drive to in ten hours.
 
2013-05-12 01:38:42 PM

TV's Vinnie: thisisyourbrainonFark: Pockafrusta: We HATE the flying experience, but both love to fly.

[1.bp.blogspot.com image 152x143]

As other farkers have mentioned, the actual experience of being ona  plane is fun for them, but it's the outrageous BS that people are shoved through just to get anywhere near the damn plane that is the PITA.

Another thing I'm guessing has changed since my last flight in July 2001: The seats are probably so narrowed now that only a circus midget with no pelvis can comfortably sit in one. Amirite?

/Last flew on Midwest Express
// Misses those leather seats, champagne, and fresh choco chip cookies

[www.airlinemeals.net image 400x268]




Until they went under, Midwest was the only way to fly.
 
2013-05-12 01:39:38 PM

Lee Jackson Beauregard: Charlie checked his bags in Austin, flew to New York City,
And connected for Bangor, Maine.
When he got there the attendant told him "ninety more dollars" --
Charlie couldn't get off that plane!

But did he ever return, no, he never returned
And his fate is still unlearned.
He may fly forever in the skies of America,
He's the man who never returned.


Showing your age now........
 
2013-05-12 01:40:53 PM
UPS.  Ship all your clothes before you travel.  And if hotels were smart they would make a deal with UPS (or some other carrier service) and offer mail services for people sending their clothes home.
 
2013-05-12 01:42:07 PM
Between this, the tsa gropers and the porn xray scanners it's a wonder anyone flies anymore.
 
2013-05-12 01:45:26 PM
Also, I thought I remember reading something about this last week and they said that carry-on fee was not for things like a backpack, but it was for people who were bringing their luggage as a carry on.
 
2013-05-12 01:46:44 PM

joshiz: One thing the article didn't mention regarding elite status: If you have status with most of the major airlines, you don't have to pay a checked bag fee for the first two bags. Luckily I am Gold with United for life (1 Million Miler).

So if you fly often, it pays to stick with one airline to achieve status. But often status doesn't do anything for change fees unless you are at the very top tiers - on United you would have to be 1K or Global Services for the change fees to be waived or reduced.

If you buy a non-refundable fare it is going to be $200 to change it. It is a completely arbitrary fee - they oversell most flights so if you have to cancel, it doesn't really negatively affect the airline...


And then they look like professional whining idiots when at the boarding process they are begging people to check their bags because they don't have any room, or to volunteer to go to another flight (which is quite possibly also already overbooked), because they can't be bothered to use all their fancy computer systems to figure out if they have enough passengers.

Delta is the worst offender I've seen of it.  Every flight I've ever taken from Delta has asked a minimum of 6 people to change.  I do Southwest now, it hardly ever happens there .. and now I get free WiFi on all flights, and i'm quite close to having a free companion pass for all my flights as well.
 
2013-05-12 01:50:36 PM

DigitalCoffee: And the overhead bins need to be divided per seat. You get to use the space assigned to your seat and THAT'S IT! None of the 'fill the entire bin assigned to your row plus the next row forward' bullshiat. If it don't fit it gets left behind, you bin hogging asshole.


I've never actually seen anyone do this, at least since they started charging for checked bags and those bins became valuable real estate. I have seen people get held up at the gate because they're carrying six purses and backpacks in addition to their giant wheelie bag, though. And I've seen flight attendants make people hold their jackets or put their handbags under the seat to cram more wheelie bags in.

Then again, I've also seen a woman solve the problem of "not enough bin space for my giant wheelie bag" by taking out someone else's wheelie bag and putting it in an empty seat. So the real problem may be that we're letting people onto these flights in the first place, and that's harder to work around.
 
2013-05-12 01:51:08 PM

Lee Jackson Beauregard: Charlie checked his bags in Austin, flew to New York City,
And connected for Bangor, Maine.
When he got there the attendant told him "ninety more dollars" --
Charlie couldn't get off that plane!

But did he ever return, no, he never returned
And his fate is still unlearned.
He may fly forever in the skies of America,
He's the man who never returned.


Oh crap, we've got filkers
 
2013-05-12 01:51:55 PM

Dinkledort: Domestically I don't understand why anyone flies on anything but Southwest.  Didn't seen them on the list of bilkers, did you?  Oh, you want an assigned seat and don't want to wait in line?  Get over it.  If you want to throw away hundreds to be pampered for a few hours you might as well fly first class.


Most likely because all the travel deal sites don't work with southwest.  At least, on Expedia and Travelocity, I've never seen southwest come up.  A coworker who also flies constantly told me about them, and I've pretty much been there ever since, except when my schedule doesn't match theirs somewhere.  Then I'm stuck on Delta or US Air, which both suuuuuuuuuuuck.
 
2013-05-12 01:51:57 PM

jake_lex: I kind of wonder if that's part of the motivation behind all these: squeeze out the infrequent traveller who flies once a year, if that, and usually on tickets they got at a deep discount.  Or, at least, heap these extra charges on them to balance out their cheap-ass ticket.


It started out as a la carte or something similar, but has morphed into a way to float to the top of cheap ticket websites. If you don't check bags then the bag fee most likely helps you because rather than spread the cost of all the bags to everyone it only applies to those that actually do. I have elite status but in the past 5 years I have never checked a bag. Also by discouraging checked bags they can sell cargo space in the holds. However a fee like the carry on fee is simple they want to post a price of $80 for the ticket but still really make $180. The increase in travel search engines are to blame for this. A colleague was traveling and some new low fee carry popped up so he tried it. The major airline would have cost $210, the ticket for the new airline was $120, but then there was $100 in various fees.

I doubt it was to squeeze out the infrequent traveler. I don't recall where but someone did a study on airline pricing and found that the most frequent travelers weren't the most profitable because the airline gave them too many perks. It was actually the least frequent who were most profitable. Even with discounts the once a year traveler may still end up spending more, like getting a changeable  or refundable tickets.
 
2013-05-12 01:54:55 PM

tillerman35: The sad thing is that Amtrak hasn't been able to use this to significantly increase ridership.  If anything, they seem to be doing as much as the airlines to fark over their potential customer base.  I'd gladly take a train if it didn't cost twice as much as a flight and take two days to reach a destination I could drive to in ten hours.


I don't know about Amtrak's management structure, but I think one of their big problems is that they need to invest a huge amount of money in improving their trains and their lines, but they don't have the capital to do so.  And I don't know how difficult it would be to get a loan for that sort of money when a company has had the sort of chronic financial hardships that Amtrak has.

I recently read that the technology exists, for example, to build a train system in which the train rides through a vacuum tube (the train would have its own pressurized cabin) on a maglev or similar track, and would be able to achieve a top speed of about 4,000 miles per hour, easily moving people and cargo faster than any airplane.  The problem, of course, is that designing and building even a proof-of-concept is prohibitively expensive and would upset a lot of moneyed interests.

Mock26: UPS.  Ship all your clothes before you travel.  And if hotels were smart they would make a deal with UPS (or some other carrier service) and offer mail services for people sending their clothes home.


I don't know how common this is, but at least some higher-end hotels already have UPS stores built into them.  I live within near both a Mariott and a Hyatt that frequently host various conferences, and they both have their own UPS stores.  They're also less than a mile from a FedEx Office that's open 24/7.

I've also heard that FedEx will often pick up packages from an address of your choosing for a few dollars extra, but I don't know if that works well with hotels.  On the one occasion when I used FedEx for my luggage and I was staying at a large hotel, there was a FedEx Office less than a block away, so I decided to just hand-carry the package over there.
 
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