Flight Stuff: UPS Fee Saver Box, Airport Kindle, Naughty Calendar, Disney Deal

No time to peruse the travel news? We got you covered. Some quick hits:

UPS “Suitcase Box” Could Save on Bag Fees

UPS has come up with a handy new box that could save on baggage fees, and on UPS shipping costs.

It’s just a simple, cardboard box with a handle. Pack your clothes in it and ship via UPS to avoid expensive airline bag fees. Plus, save on UPS because you’re shipping a light weight box and not a heavy suitcase. It could work, depending on how far you’re traveling – but compare airline bag fees first.

In case you were thinking, “Gee, I’d hate to deprive the airlines of some of their ‘bag fee revenue stream’,” not to worry: the airlines raked in more than $250 million a month on bag fees earlier this year. They won’t miss your 50 bucks.

Kindles to be Sold at Airports

The HMSHost company has acquired rights to sell Kindles in airports; the “unofficial kindle” blog doesn’t say when this will happen, but we suspect you’ll see them soon.

Anticipated locations include airport bookstores in Atlanta, Orange County, Charlotte, Salt Lake City, Dallas-Fort Worth, San Diego, George Bush in Houston, Miami, Tampa, and Minneapolis.

The book-reading devices will be sold pre-charged and ready to go. Or just grab a paperback.

Flight Attendant Calendar Girls

It wasn’t too long ago that Aeroflot flight attendants were known more for their, how shall we put it – utilitarian qualities – as opposed to, uh, sultriness – but a new calendar reportedly sent to the airline’s VIP customers may change such perceptions.

Jaunted has all the airline calendar details. We understand that many of the calendar subjects have misplaced their uniforms.

Disney Deals

For Florida residents only: Walt Disney World now allows you to spread the cost of an annual park pass over 12 months, with no extra fees. Good thing, as the adult pass for unlimited access to Orlando Disney parks costs $393 (and $346 for kids aged 3-9). A down payment is required.

More Savings

Now save some more – take a look at flight deals to Orlando.

Photo courtesy UPS


Published: June 30, 2010