Anyone who’s played the game of
cribbage knows the importance of “pegging.”
In cribbage, players strive to collect cards that will total the highest
count possible. Before they can declare
their cards and count their points however, they must lay their cards down in
turn, one at a time, in hopes of out-maneuvering and out-counting their
opponents for precious points along the way.
This process is called “pegging.”
Novice players underestimate the importance of pegging. When you and your opponent are going through
the cards for each round, it seems as though good peggers only pick up one or
two points along the way and that those points are insignificant in the long
run. Nothing could be further from the
truth because each game of cribbage is built on 10 rounds (give or take) and 2
or 3 pegs per round totals ~25 points in the end. That’s a LOT of points on a cribbage board,
and mature players can tell you, good peggers almost always win.
The only way
to avoid baggage fees on an airline is to fly until you have preferred status
with that airline (and even that is slowly changing). Delta airlines announced (Tuesday, January
12, 2010) that they have increased the amount of money they’ll charge for a
checked bag. The first bag will now cost
$23 (an eight dollar increase) and the second bag will now cost $32 (seven
dollars more than the previous amount).
I fly on an airline that I don’t have silver, gold, or platinum status with and
I have to pay the baggage fee. I never
really thought of it as a “lot of money” though. It was easy to think, “Well, I pay $75 a week
to park so what’s another $20 to check a bag?”
Think about it this way, you’ll pay $110 to check two bags on your next
trip (round trip). That’s a lot of pegs!
You can save
a bit of money by checking your bags (and paying for them) on line. Who knows how many man-hours Delta is saving
by not paying their ticketing agents to run your credit card to charge for your
bag. They could certainly be a bit more
cheerful about it… the last time I checked a bag, the agent sighed deeply and
rudely asked me, “Will that be cash or charge?”
I replied, “Neither, I’m Platinum on your stupid airline and I check
bags for free.” Her demeanor instantly
changed, but it was too late. You have
my ticket money, airport fees, parking fees, security fees, and now a huge
baggage fee, do you have to be rude to boot?
Look for the
rest of the airlines to copy this behavior… they always do. OH WAIT, Continental just announced that,
just like Delta, they’ll be increasing their baggage fees too! Who would have guessed? Open your wallets, boys and girls. Or, you could always learn how to pack more
efficiently… It’s been awhile since I’ve written any “packing” articles so look
for those to come soon.
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