Travel News: Airline Baggage Fees Just Went Up, D.C.’s Black Restaurant Week, CityPASS Helps With Foliage Getaways

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There’s a great big world out there, and our latest “news you can use” may inspire a trip you never knew you needed.

From the newly imposed checked-baggage fees at some (but not all) major carriers to an unexpected autumn benefit of CityPASS, plus a cool new restaurant week coming to the nation’s capital, this week’s travel news is all about giving you options that’ll save you money and open up new experiences.

AIRLINE BAGGAGE FEES JUST WENT UP

Let’s start with the good news: As we go to press, Southwest still allows you to check two bags for free. And Delta and American still charge $25 for your first checked bag and $35 for your second. The bad news for Budget Travelers is that United, JetBlue, WestJet, and Air Canada all raised their baggage fees over the past week or so, charging $30 for that first bag and $40 for the second. JetBlue is also raising its fee for a third checked bag from $100 to $150. You don’t need an 800 on the math SAT to see how this could affect, say, a family of four departing for a big trip, right? We suggest pricing postal and overnight delivery rates and researching door-to-door luggage shipping services to see how they compare with the new checked-bag fees. We’ll be doing the same, and sharing more baggage advice to fliers ASAP.

D.C.’S BLACK RESTAURANT WEEK

Washington. D.C., joins Houston, Philadelphia, New Orleans, and other U.S. foodie hotspots in hosting a restaurant week that celebrates African American culinary talent. The city's DMV Black Restaurant Week will run from November 4 to 11, showcasing some of D.C.'s top chefs and mixologists. In addition to the discounts you’d expect from a restaurant week, the event will also include panel discussions and awards. (An array of “restaurant week” organizations exist across the U.S. You can learn more about DMV Black Restaurant Week at dmvbrw.com.)

CITYPASS HELPS WITH FOLIAGE GETAWAYS

Sure, we appreciate CityPASS for its obvious benefits: Discounts and perks like line skipping at popular attractions in major cities. But this time of year, when the countryside turns from green to red, orange, and gold, you can take a CityPASS-fueled fall foliage road trip linking major cities via gorgeous drives decked out in autumnal finery. Just a few ideas include NYC toward Boston on the historic and often beautiful Merritt Parkway; NYC toward Philly in the Millstone Valley Scenic Byway; San Francisco to Seattle on the 101 Up the coast; or Houston to Dallas for the Pineywoods Autumn Trail (citypass.com).

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