How to save on summer air travel
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Posted on May 26, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Rick Seaney / For USA Today

It may be time to rethink this to save on summer travel. Here are six often-overlooked ways to lower your vacation airfare tab.

1. Fly (nearly) naked. Wear something, but pack next to nothing. Spirit Airlines, the discount carrier that charges for checked-bags and carry-ons alike endorses this idea. They allow one small ‘personal item’ for free (it must fit under the seat in front of you) and show you how to pack this item in a couple of new faux-racy videos. If you don’t get too distracted watching Jack and Theresa strip down to their undies, you can learn a thing or two about saving, and this is a big deal since Spirit’s carry-on fee alone ranges from $ 35 to a staggering $ 100 each-way.

2. Don’t hoard miles for ‘someday’. If you don’t fly a lot, it’s tougher to amass enough miles for a free flight. It’s also tougher to get the flights you want

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Back in 1929, a giant airship, the Graf Zeppelin, slowly left its mooring at Lakehurst, N.J., and moved east, flying over New York City, its five engines roaring and headed out over the Atlantic.

Twenty-one days later, the airship was back in New Jersey, having circled the world and traveled some 31,000 miles without a mishap. Its 40 crew members and 20 passengers had traveled in comfort and quiet, enjoying the view from its open windows while dining on gourmet food served on china plates and fine wine in crystal glasses.

Compare that experience with that of Charles Lindbergh, who only two years earlier had risked his life flying in considerable discomfort from Long Island to Paris in a specially constructed single-engine aircraft.

It’s no wonder that rigid airships were considered the future of air travel.

And, while several pilots and crew had been killed trying to cross the Atlantic, the safety record of Zeppelins was long and solid.

Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin had begun building airships back in 1893. By 1910, Deutsche Luftschiffahrts-AG (DELAG), was using Zeppelins to become the world’s first airline carrying paying passengers on regularly scheduled flights. By mid-1914, ju…………… continues on The Recorder

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