AK Fam is in a definite funk this morning, thanks in part to the rain, but more due to AK Kid’s hot ear that kept him, and subsequently us, up all night. Before I crawl back in my warm bed to recoup my losses, here’s a little smorgasboard of stuff that’s on my mind today (since I’ve been awake I might as well think of stuff, right?).
What do y’all think about Alaska Airlines and their new luggage fees? Personally I think it’s a conspiracy to confuse and berate we travelers with children who cannot help but carry three, four, or even five check-on bags, and the Alaska Air bigwigs are on a mission to befuddle. Is it working? These new fees, ranging from $20 for the first three bags means a $5 decrease for the first, a $5 decrease for the second, and a $30 decrease for the third. Got it? The fee, Alaska says, is also falling for the extra bags (you know, like the Pack ‘n Play, stroller, backpack, yada, yada). Fourth through 10th bags are $50 each, down from that choking $100 each. Are you doing your higher math, now? But of course these fees are waived alltogether if you become a MVP; so fly early and often, I say. The fees begin on June 16 for all tickets purchased May 1 or after. Oh boy. Just in time for AK Extended Fam to visit carrying all of the above luggage.
Let’s move on to something more pleasant, shall we? Like trash. It’s time again for the Anchorage Annual Spring Cleaning, beginning May 1 and continuing all week to May 8. If you are new to Anchorage, perhaps you have been thinking we are a bunch of dirty folk what with the flotsam and jetsom along our streets, sidewalks, and parking lots. See, all that snow neatly covers up the litterbugs’ handiwork until spring, when the snow goes away and we are left with a gray, sandy, gritty mess frosted by the cups, bags, and other yuck left by thoughtless souls. So we clean it all up, and we’re pretty good at it, too. The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce sponsors the clean-up, dropping bright orange bags at a number of locations. Families can pick up two (really big) bags at the following locations:
Red Robin restaurants at 3401 Penland Parkway or 401 E. Dimond Blvd; Burger King, 900 E. Dimond , 700 Northway, or 1405 W. Northern Lights; Anchorage Chamber offices at 1016 W. Sixth Ave, Suite 303 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. M-F. Remember, you need to take your bags to the dump yourself; there is no trash pick-up.
A big party will commence on May 6 at the Park Strip downtown at 5 p.m. to celebrate this wonderful sprucing-up of our little village.