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A Major Airline Drops the Hated Fuel Surcharge! So Why Won't the Rest of the Industry Follow?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/25/2015, 7:45 PM

One of the greatest lies foisted upon the American public—right up there with "this won't hurt a bit" and "New Coke will be better"—was crammed down travelers' throats a half decade ago. Fuel prices were rising. The airlines put out a tear-jerking sob story in the press, appealing to our better natures to help them survive. They told us that to stay alive, they had to start tacking extra ...

The Airlines Made HOW Much on Fees?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/10/2014, 1:00 PM

Remember when the airlines put extra fees in place and told us that it was because fuel costs had spiked? Yeah, they lied. Fuel costs went back into line, but the extra fees remained. Now, the airline consulting firm IdeaWorksCompany found, the airlines are raking in cash at a record level. The airline industry will make $49.9 billion in ancillary fees this year, up 17.2% from last...

The Airlines Made HOW Much on Fees?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/10/2014, 1:00 PM

Remember when the airlines put extra fees in place and told us that it was because fuel costs had spiked? Yeah, they lied. Fuel costs went back into line, but the extra fees remained. Now, the airline consulting firm IdeaWorksCompany found, the airlines are raking in cash at a record level. The airline industry will make $49.9 billion in ancillary fees this year, up 17.2% from last...

New Scanner Debuts: You May Fly with Fluids Soon

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/04/2014, 3:00 PM

A new machine being tested in 65 of Europe's 550 airports could mean you can bring full bottles of liquid on flights again in Europe as soon as January 2016. The Cobalt Light Insight100 machine points lasers at travelers' containers of liquid to determine the chemical properties of what's inside. Each unit costs $64,000 and requires officers to place the questionable vessels inside a ...

Icelandair Makes Viral Video to Remind You About Free Stopovers

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/26/2014, 2:30 PM

Budget travelers have long known about Icelandair's competitive deals on airfare to Europe, but the general public could use the good news. If you're willing to make a pit stop in Reykjavik before carrying on across the ocean, you can usually score some terrific deals on transatlantic airfare.  The comparatively lower airfare is only half the benefit, though. Ordinarily, a layover can be a...

Two More Airlines Start Charging for the First Checked Bag: Will Free Bags Go Extinct?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/20/2014, 5:30 PM

Sorry, Canada. Your Westjet just decided to start charging standard passengers for the first checked bag. One would think that would give rival Air Canada in an advantageous position with consumers. But no. Almost as if the airlines were not in competition but in league, Air Canada immediately sprang its own $25 fee on customers. Both airlines will start charging feeds to you lowly economy-far...

New App Finds Last-Minute Airfare Price Drops

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/30/2014, 3:30 PM

Inspired by (actually very inspired by) the last-minute hotel booking app Hotel Tonight, a newcomer called Flight Tonight hopes to help travelers find those instances in which airlines suddenly slash fares at the very last minute. Humane last-minute fares are not easy to find, as anyone who has ever had to attend a faraway funeral or an unexpected meeting has discovered. But the app makers...

Would You Bet $25 That Your Flight Will Be Delayed?

By gretchen kelly

Posted on 06/04/2014, 3:45 PM

If you’re like most travelers across the U.S., you are probably looking forward to a summer of hurricane and storm-related flight delays, cancellations and missed connections. A new travel insurance brand, AirCare, is banking on it. AirCare, a new product from the Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance group, says it’s the first low cost fixed-benefit flight protection available f...

American Airlines Charges Twice What U.S. Airways Does—For the Same Flight

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/16/2014, 6:45 PM

Buyers beware! The merger of American Airlines and U.S. Airways is not going as smoothly as we were told it would—and it is costing consumers already. Travel Weekly reports that when the two airlines codeshare flights, the exact same flight, when booked on American Airlines' website, AA.com, can cost more than twice what it costs on U.S. Airways' site, USAirways.com. American said that...

Low-Cost Carrier Norwegian To Tackle American Market with $584 Round-Trip New York to London

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/24/2013, 11:30 PM

A new player for low-cost airfares from the United States to Europe is materializing. Norwegian Air, already the third-largest low-cost carrier in Europe, will launch 787 Dreamliner service next year, and the prices will surely give the legacy carriers a scare. Starting next July, Norwegian Air Shuttle will fly to London's Gatwick Airport (easily connected to the city by train) twice w...

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