Luggage Restrictions: Hawaiian Airlines

Carry On:

1 carry on item and 1 personal item, free of charge, 45in/115cm (Length+Width+Height)

Checked Bags:

Between Hawaii and Manila

First bag: Free of charge
Second bag: Free of charge

Within Hawaii

First bag: $10
Second bag: $17

Between Hawaii and Papeete, Sydney and Incheon

First bag: Free of charge
Second bag: Free of charge

Between Hawaii and Papeete, Sydney and Incheon

First bag: Free of charge
Second bag: Free of charge

Size/weight limitations:50lbs/23kgs, 62in/157cm

Oversize/Overweight Baggage Fees: Fees vary depending on location and type of baggage, fees range from $25-$100.

Luggage Restrictions: AirTran Airways

Carry On:

1 carry on item and 1 personal item, free of charge, 55in/139cm (Length+Width+Height)

Checked Bags:

First bag: $20
Second bag: $25


Size/weight limitations:50lbs/23kgs, 62in/157cm

Oversize/Overweight Baggage Fees: Between 51-70 pounds requires a $49 fee, 71-100lbs requires a $79 fee. Any bag larger than 62in/157cm requires a $79 fee.

Luggage Restrictions: JetBlue

Carry On:

1 carry on item and 1 personal item, free of charge, 45in/115cm (Length+Width+Height)

Checked Bags:

First bag: Free of charge
Second bag: $30


Size/weight limitations:50lbs/23kgs, 62in/157cm

Oversize/Overweight Baggage Fees: Between 51-70 pounds requires a $50 fee, 71-100lbs requires a $100 fee. Any bag larger than 62in/157cm requires a $75 fee.

New St. Louis Ronald McDonald House Helps Families of Critically Ill Children

St. Louis, MO (Vocus) September 21, 2010–More than 700 families each year who travel to St. Louis to receive treatment for their child at West County hospitals will be provided all of the comforts of home to help strengthen them as they focus on their child’s recovery at the new Ronald McDonald House in St. Louis, which is the 300th in the World.

On September 29, 2010, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Metro St. Louis, St. John’s Mercy Children’s Hospital, McDonald’s Corporation, McDonald’s Owner/Operators, and the local St. Louis community will gather to commemorate the grand opening of the third Ronald McDonald House in Metro St. Louis and the 300th Ronald McDonald House in the world. The ceremony and ribbon cutting will be held on the campus of St. John’s Mercy Medical Center at 11 a.m.

When a child is critically sick or injured – facing cancer, heart disease and more –important to the child’s recovery is having their family nearby for support. In addition, when families live hundreds of miles away from the hospital that offers their child the best treatment, they need a place to stay to be close to their child.

“This is a tremendous milestone for the entire Ronald McDonald House Charities organization and for our local Chapter as well,” said Dan Harbaugh, president of RMHC of Metro St. Louis. “We are so thankful to all of our generous donors and supporters who ensured we can help more families have access to the quality health care their children need and help them focus on what is most important – facing the weight of an illness, together, as a family.”

“When our very first Ronald McDonald House was built in 1974, no one could’ve imagined that one day, we might open another – let alone 300 of them. The 300th House in the world, and the third for RMHC of Metro St. Louis, is a testament of the commitment and support of the local Chapter, deep relationships with the medical community and the generous support of the staff, volunteers, and individual and corporate donors,” said Marty Coyne, president and CEO, RMHC. “Just like the 299 Houses before it, this House will ensure families have more than a place to stay, but also a place to find strength – emotionally, physically, and spiritually – as they focus on healing their children who are receiving medical treatment at West County hospitals.”

This $4.5 million Ronald McDonald House was made possible by lead gifts from St. John’s Mercy and the St. Louis McDonald’s Co-Op and other generous contributors. The project is contracted by Kadean Construction, designed by Gray Design Group, and financed through UMB.

“McDonald’s and our St. Louis franchisees remain committed to helping families and supporting the Ronald McDonald House provides us a unique avenue to strengthen families when they are dealing with incredible hardship,” said Cassie Nelson, general manager, vice president of McDonald’s Heartland Region. “The communities in and around St. Louis, along with our many McDonald’s customers, have always been incredibly supportive of RMHC and that makes us extremely proud and honored to have the 300th Ronald McDonald House built right here.”

RMHC received a $900,000 challenge grant lead gift from the J.E. and L.E Mabee Foundation. Other major donors include Ameren UE; Anheuser-Busch Companies; Cash’s Scrap Metal and Iron; The Dana Brown Charitable Trust, U.S. Bank, Trustee; Edward Jones; Emerson; Mississippi Lime Company; Packaging Concepts, Inc.; Prairie Farms Dairy; Rent One; Souers Family Trust; Southwest Airlines; and UMB. In-kind donors of $10,000 or more include: Ahal Contracting Company; Allworx Corporation; AT&T; Broyhill Furniture; Bussen Quarry; Charter Communications; The Coca-Cola Company; Viki Diedrich and Dad (Frank Ginsberg); Intermetro Industries Corporation; JS Express; La-Z-Boy; Modern Business Interiors; Rothman Furniture Stores, Inc.; Spellman-Brady & Company; Taylor Company; Tempur-Pedic; and USG. Additionally, certain project costs have been underwritten by the Missouri Department of Economic Development, Neighborhood Assistance Program.

RMHC of Metro St. Louis has been a cornerstone of the St. Louis community for more than 29 years. Since 1981, the St. Louis Ronald McDonald House  has served as a “home-away-from-home” to more than 30,000 families of seriously-ill children. In addition, three Ronald McDonald Family Rooms  have provided comfort and care to more than 10,000 families of pediatric inpatients at St. Louis hospitals, since 2005. The House provides a comfortable bed, warm meals, hot showers, and a network of families who share a similar burden of having a seriously-ill child. Ronald McDonald Family Rooms provide many of these same comforts within the hospital walls.

Families are only asked to make a donation of $5 per night, but no family is ever turned away based on their ability to pay. More than 40% of the families who call the Ronald McDonald House home are unable to afford to pay $5 because of mounting medical bills and other expenses. The average stay for families is ten days; however, some families stay for months or even up to a year. For more information about Ronald McDonald House Charities of Metro St. Louis, please call
(314) 773-1100 or visit us online at www.rmhcstl.com.

About RMHC of Metro St. Louis

Since 1981, RMHC of Metro St. Louis has served as a “home-away-from-home” for more than 30,000 families traveling to St. Louis with seriously ill children. The Houses provide a comfortable bed, warm meals, hot showers, and a network of families who share the similar burden of having a seriously ill child. In addition, three Ronald McDonald Family Rooms have provided comfort and care to more than 10,000 families of pediatric inpatients at St. Louis hospitals since 2005. Ronald McDonald Family Rooms provide many of the same comforts of the House, but within the hospital.

Ronald McDonald House Charities®, Ronald McDonald House®, and McDonald’s® are all trademarks or registered
trademarks of the respective companies.

Source: PRWeb

Chicago for Twentysomethings: 2

By Emily C.Sims

Editor’s note: Chicago for Twentysomethings is a three part series.

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Visitor Recommendations

Megan Tarsha just returned from a Chicago trip and recommends the Redheaded Piano Bar and Underground Club for traveling twentysomethings. She is equally enthusiastic about The Lakeshore lobby bar at W. “Not only is The W an awesome hotel, the lobby at night transforms to the coolest night club,” she said. “If you stick around long enough there might also be celebrity sightings.”

Tarsha is also a fan of Blue Frog. “[It’s a] great dive bar for karaoke,” she said. “The bar itself is small and hidden from the street, but the whole interior is decorated with games of our childhood, which are available to pull off a shelf and play with while waiting to flex the golden pipes.”

Kristin Unger moved from Las Vegas to Chicago and often entertains her traveling twentysomething friends. “Whenever my twentysomething friends are visiting, we usually go out in Wicker Park/Bucktown, largely considered a ‘hipster’ neighborhood full of dive bars,” she said, noting that Rainbo is a favorite. The area also has plenty of cocktail bars (Unger recommends Violet Hour) and restaurants. The tacos at Big Star’s are “budget-friendly” and “insanely popular,” Unger said.

“A weekend in Chicago is an awesome idea for twentysomethings!” said Andy Hayes, editor of Sharing Travel Experiences. “It’s such a fun place, even if those icy lake breezes put a chill on things.” For a break from nightlife, Hayes has several tips for twentysomethings.

View of Chicago from Lake Michigan. Photo by Benjamin D. Esham for the Wikimedia Commons.

Local sights

Hayes recommends biking or rollerblading along the shore of Lake Michigan. “The path goes for miles and miles,” he said. “But is particularly enjoyable around the Lincoln Park area just north of downtown.” He also advises Chicago visitors to “hit the neighborhoods, which really are the lifeblood of Chicago’s urban lifestyle.” Which neighborhood is best for the twentysomething visitor? Andersonville, Hayes said, because of its “great blend of shops and cafes/restaurants straddling Clark Street. It’s an easy trip on the ‘L’ or the bus.”

Millenium Park is another sight not to be missed, Hayes said. “It’s got some great views of the city, some whacky new public art, and lots of paths to wander around and just chill out. Perfect before a night out on the town!”

Zed 451

When it’s time for dinner, Sarah Eve Fulghum, writer and editor of TotallyHer.com, says twentysomethings shouldn’t miss Zed 451. “[It] takes the term “buffet” and gives it a cool, modern twist,” she said.  “An array of upscale appetizers and side dishes line the common area, while various main course options (steak, fish, etc.) are brought right to your table and served by the chef.”

Vertigo Lounge

Vertigo ice bar bartender. Photo by Nadejda Tzankova.

After dinner, it’s time to find the party. Michael Corrigan works with Chicago hotspot Vertigo Lounge, and says it’s the perfect place for twentysomethings. According to Corrigan, Vertigo is the only Chicago nightlife hotspot with a year-round outdoor patio. For the cold season, Vertigo will feature an ice bar and hot adult beverages, Corrigan said.

And that’s not all Vertigo has to offer. “Brave the outdoors in style with their crystallized fire pit and signature plush robes for when the weather truly drops,” Corrigan said. The outdoor patio features “wrap-around 12-foot-high glass and ‘in-the-midst’ cityscape views,” he added. Vertigo is located on the 26th floor of the Dana Hotel and Spa.

Vertigo ice bar. Photo by David Anthony.

Crimson Lounge

Chicago residents often recommend another place traveling twentysomethings should go: Crimson Lounge. Celebrities such as Lindsay Lohan, Snoop Dogg, and Dwayne Wade have been spotted at this Chicago hotspot known for featuring up and coming DJs and other musical talent. Crimson Lounge is located inside the Sax Chicago, a Thompson Hotel.

The Crimson Lounge

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Emily Sims is a freelance writer living in Las Vegas. Emily is currently at work on her first novel, a young adult fantasy, and she blogs about writing and life as a Vegas newbie on her website, www.emilycsims.com.

Chicago for Twentysomethings: Part 3

By Emily C.Sims and Rease Kirchner

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Editor’s note: Chicago for Twentysomethings is a three part series.

Pops for Champagne

Can a twentysomething weekend be complete without a visit to this legendary champagne bar? The dimmed lighting, the sparkly blue tables, and the impressive onyx bar all create a classy, intimate atmosphere perfect for impress-your-date night, a celebratory night, a just because night, or a girls’ night out.

A bottle at Pops for Champagne. Photo by Wendy Grassmuck.

With over 100 bottles on their list and a tasty selection of small plates, Pop’s was the perfect setting for my first visit there during a bachelorette-party-weekend-trip-to-Chicago-extravaganza.

Our waiter was very knowledgeable and incredibly patient—my friends and I aren’t exactly champagne connoisseurs. To be honest, the most experience with champagne we ever had was with a few bottom-of-the-shelf bottles of Andre on sale at the grocery store.  But I digress.

All we could tell our waiter was that we liked champagne bubbles and we liked a certain price range. He smiled knowingly, and we drank every drop of three bottles he recommended. To accompany our champagne feast, we shared and took down more cheese plates than I’d care to admit and just about licked the plate after inhaling the chocolate ganache cake ( I said the place was classy—I didn’t say we were).

While we were cheersing our soon-to-be newlywed friend, drinking bubbly at a rate quicker than is advisable in any state or country, we learned that a group was waiting for their daughter/sister/friend to arrive after having just accepting a proposal from her boyfriend. The girl had no idea they were there, and we were lucky to witness the moment when she walked in the door, flushed from the joy of the proposal, and was thrust into the waiting congratulatory arms of her friends and family. It was a good moment.

If any of us felt any apprehension walking into a champagne bar with our limited sparkling wine knowledge, that apprehension disappeared as soon as we walked in the door.  Pop’s has that edgy, warm, and young atmosphere twentysomethings looking for adventure crave.

Pop’s is located at North State Street and Ohio.

A sunset view from the Signature Lounge. Photo by Adam James.

Signature Lounge at the 96th

Lindsey Doyle, a St. Louisan who travels to Chicago for leisure, recommends the Signature Lounge at the 96th because of its “great city views and cocktails.” The Signature Lounge sits atop the Hancock Center, on the 96th floor of course, and offers spectacular views of the city below through its floor to ceiling windows. You could go all the way up to the observatory to look out over the city, but… why? Stay out of the wind, enjoy the view and have a drink while you’re at it. You can pay ten bucks to go the observation deck and let the wind knock you around or pay ten bucks to get the view and a cocktail instead. It’s a no-brainer.

Our advice? Make the Signature Lounge your pre-dinner stop. Check the weather report to find out when the sun will set, and get on over to Signature Lounge to watch it happen. Afterward, go down to the 95th floor for dinner or head over to Gino’s East, the classic Chicago pizza destination.

The atmosphere of Signature Lounge is pure elegance—old school elegance. It’s true that you’ll see everything from men in suits to men in flannel, but that happens in every city that draws tourists. The atmosphere is class, and when you peer out over the city with a drink in hand, we know you’ll feel it.

Pick Me Up Cafe

This place is everything a young traveler in Chicago could possibly want. Awesome diner food with lots of vegetarian and vegan twists as well as delectable coffee drinks and beer, 24 hours a day. Oh and did I mention it is cheap and easily accessible from the CTA red line? Hop off at the Belmont station and the Pick Me Up will practically smack you in the face with it’s delicious aromas and the buzz of chatty, sleepless customers. The atmosphere in this place is fairly hipster, with eccentric decorations, many of which are drawn by customers and spontaneously displayed on the walls. However, you will not get an aloof, unapproachable attitude from the staff.

All of the servers move quickly, especially when the place is packed, which it always seems to be around 2 in the morning. If you are totally overwhelmed by the menu or are just way too exhausted to make a legitimate decision on your own, the servers are glad to recommend some of their favorites. The Pick Me Up is a great place to hit up for late night cravings, crazy chats at all hours of the morning, or simply to sober up.

The Pick Me Up is on North Clark between Newport and Roscoe.

Hot Doug’s

Lisa Falcone of Naperville, Ill., is enthusiastic about the food at Hot Doug’s on N. California Ave. When Lisa first mentioned Hot Doug’s, I wasn’t sure if it was a strip joint or a hot dog place, but either way I knew it would be a good sausage fest. (Calm down. It’s a hot dog and sausage place—FOOD—delicious, cheap, and perfect for lunch with a hangover).

Hot Doug’s has everything from Chicago style hot dogs to bratwurst soaked in beer along with the usual cheese fries (and the not so usual duck fat fries. Word.) Like I said—perfect for lunch with a hangover.

After chowing down, make sure you get a t-shirt—they’re funny, and who doesn’t want something that says ‘sausage superstore’ across the chest?

Twitter recommendations

@alexjritter recommends Medieval Times: “You can’t take it seriously. You just have to go into it knowing it’s ridiculous, and just root for the red knight because you’re sitting in his section.”

@glwop says “How about take the L to Oak Park! Rent a bike and check out the Arts District and Frank Lloyd Wright homes .”

@lindsey_doyle reports “my hubby says all the bars near Rush Street and Division.”

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Emily Sims is a freelance writer living in Las Vegas. Emily is currently at work on her first novel, a young adult fantasy, and she blogs about writing and life as a Vegas newbie on her website, www.emilycsims.com.

Rease Kirchner a staff writer/Travel Adviser for Travelated. She is a US citizen currently living the ex-pat life in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is bilingual and an experienced traveler. She loves gaining and sharing knowledge of local cultures, customs and adventure. Her blog Mi Vida en Buenos Aires documents her life as a foreigner.

Luggage Restrictions: Southwest Airlines

Carry On:

1 carry on item and 1 personal item, free of charge, 45in/115cm (Length+Width+Height)

Checked Bags:

First bag: Free of charge
Second bag: Free of charge

Size/weight limitations:
50lbs/23kgs, 62in/157cm

Oversize/Overweight Baggage Fees: All overweight/oversize baggage will require a $50 fee.

Luggage Restrictions: United Airlines

Carry On:

1 carry on item and 1 personal item, free of charge, 45in/115cm (Length+Width+Height)

Checked Bags:

First bag: $25
Second bag: $35

Size/weight limitations:
50lbs/23kgs, 62in/157cm

Oversize/Overweight Baggage Fees: Varies by destination, anywhere from $50-$200.

Luggage Restrictions: US Airways

Carry On:

1 carry on item and 1 personal item, free of charge, 45in/115cm (Length+Width+Height)

Checked Bags:

General flights:

First bag: $20 if checked online, $25 at counter
Second bag: $30 if checked online, $35 at counter
Flights to and from Europe, South America and Middle East:

First bag: Free of charge
Second bag: Free of charge
Size/weight limitations:50lbs/23kgs, 62in/157cm

Oversize/Overweight Baggage Fees: Between 51-70 pounds requires a $50 fee, 71-100lbs requires a $100 fee. Any bag larger than 62in/157cm requires a $100 fee.

Luggage Restrictions: American Airlines

Carry On:

1 carry on item and 1 personal item, free of charge, 45in/115cm (Length+Width+Height)

Checked Bags:

Between Mexico and the U.S., Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Europe and India
First bag: Free of charge
Second bag: $30 each way

Between Canada and the U.S., Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands

First bag: $25 each way
Second bag: $35 Each way

Within And Between the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands
First bag: $25 each way
Second bag: $35 Each way

The U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to, from or through Europe and India
First bag: Free of charge
Second bag: $50 each way

Size/Weight Limitations: 50lbs/23kgs, 62in/157cm

Oversized Baggage Fees:
Any baggage over 50lbs/23kgs will require a $50 fee, over 70lbs/45kgs will require a $100 charge.

Any baggage larger than 62in/157cm will require a $150 fee.