Oh, how could Irene Lechowitzky expose my little secret hideaway on a budget — the Seal Rock Inn ["A Quiet Start at Lands End," Jan. 18].
It is one of those special gems that we, the less than wealthy, hope will never show up in the L.A. Times Travel section.
Well, all good things must come to an end. Very nice article, though.
Disneyland + 40
I read Brady MacDonald's article about Disneyland and the major changes that might take place by 2055 ["What Disneyland Could Be Like at 100," Jan. 11].
I've heard that Disney might create a "Star Wars"-themed land either in Toon Town or Tomorrowland. I'm very excited about this.
Meanwhile, I'll skip the Disneyland annual passes until executives make plans to make this idea a reality.
Space Mountain will make the cut. MacDonald referred to keeping the Disneyland mountain range intact. Disneyland opened on my seventh birthday; I made my first trip about two months later, and I've been going ever since.
Kids flying solo
Catharine Hamm's On the Spot column about United's rules on kids flying solo ["Tough Lesson for Kid Flier," Jan. 11] provides great advice. But one point was overlooked in this era of airline code-sharing. When a flight can be booked on two different airlines, check each carrier's policy on kids flying solo before booking.
I was able to get my son and his friend on a flight using American but not Alaska, which had more restrictive rules.
I was glad to discover the workaround, but it makes the rules seem little more than arbitrary.
We had a similar experience on United with our 13-year-old daughter.
We live near Richmond, Va. My children's father lives in Madison, Wis. There are no nonstop or direct flights to Madison. We always pay the unaccompanied minor fee. My now-20-year-old son and now-14-year-old daughter have done this trip on various airlines for many years.
We bought tickets as usual for the summer, but at the Richmond airport, we were told that United no longer offered the unaccompanied minor service on flights that weren't nonstop. I pointed out to the agent that this made no sense.He said that was the new policy. Reluctantly, I put my 13-year-old on a flight to O'Hare, where she had to change planes. We practiced what she would need to do. There were no issues, and she arrived safely.
On her return, the United agent in Madison asked whether she wanted the unaccompanied minor service. My ex-husband explained what had happened in Richmond. Response: The agent in Richmond didn't know what he was talking about.
Why can't the airlines provide consistent messaging about the service?