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Airfares Are Dipping Once Again (and Two Other Pieces of Good News for Flyers)

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/20/2015, 3:30 PM

Overly chatty seatmates, cramped seating and long security lines: these unhappy byproducts of airline travel aren’t going away anytime soon. But this week, several news events suggested that, in other ways, flying will be getting better for travelers in the coming months. Most importantly, prices are dipping. Hopper, an app that tracks airfares and advises users when to book, came out wit...

JetBlue Announces It Will Offer Free Wi-Fi

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/15/2015, 12:15 PM

It's no secret that the major airlines act like lemmings. One adds a baggage fee and the next follows. One throws a sale, and soon the whole pack is in. But for once that may be a good thing, because yesterday JetBlue announced that it would be eliminating one of the most loathed flying fees: Wi-Fi connectivity. It will be offering its "Fly-Fi" for free aboard its entire fleet. An...

The Sky Isn't Falling But Airfares Are: Air Pricing Sees the Biggest One-Month Drop in 20 Years

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/21/2015, 11:15 AM

  For months, the second most popular travel question that's been lobbed my way (after "is X, Y or Z safe?") has been: "Why, with the cost of gas so low, haven't airfares dropped". I always took the cynical road, pointing out that in this age of monopolies, the airlines had no reason to drop their prices since so many of them fully controlled hubs and routes within the United States. ...

Which Frequent Flyer Program Is the Best for Actually Redeeming Miles? A Massive New Study Provides Some Answers

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/01/2015, 2:30 PM

We have to give thanks to Consumer Reports, which has done the heavy lifting on this one, completing a study of some 70 million passenger in the last year has yielded important data on which frequent flyer program actually is allowing flyers to bag free flights. The study looked at the 25 most popular "award routes" and also came up with a value for seats on those flights, airline by airline. ...

Et Tu JetBlue? Carrier Will Be Adding Bag Fees and Extra Seats to Cabins

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/19/2014, 3:30 PM

Today, JetBlue released a bombshell-filled securities filing, one that will make investors happy but is going to take the swing out of the step of many travelers (this one included). Starting in 2016, JetBlue will be upping the number of seats on its Airbus A320 jets from 150 to 165, severely cutting back on leg room for those of us in steerage. In the second half of 2015, it's going to sell ...

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...

There Seems No End to Constantly Increasing Airfares, And Your Recourse is to Lower Your Costs of Accommodations and Meals at the Destination

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 08/26/2014, 12:30 PM

         About a year ago, it became apparent that Southwest Airlines was no longer a source of consistently cheap airfares (though often the cheapest).  On numerous routes on various occasions, its airfares were no lower than those of older airlines.  In some instances, if it did periodically possess a price advantage, it was because it did not charge for suitcases checked aboard a fl...

Delta's Big Announcement: Mileage Awards Will Soon Be Tied to Money Spent Rather Than Miles Flown

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/26/2014, 8:30 PM

Delta Airlines announced a game-changing move today: instead of giving award miles based on the number of miles a passenger has flown, it will link mileage to the cost of the ticket. "The introduction of a new model for earning miles will increase rewards for those who spend more as well as differentiate the SkyMiles frequent flyer program for our premium travelers," said Jeff Robertson, Delta...

JetBlue Upgrades Its Standard Seats: Power Outlets, Bigger TVs, Triple the Channels

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/30/2013, 10:00 PM

At a media event on the roof of its New York City headquarters today, set-price airline JetBlue, which since it inception has been a one-class airline, unveiled an overhaul of its seating. Ostensibly, the event was to promote Mint, a new top-tier seating category designed to poach business from rival carriers on the NYC-LAX route—and, so far, only on that route. Starting at $600 one-way cr...

JFK to LAX for $83? It's Happening This Week as JetBlue Sells Unsold Seats for Dirt Cheap

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/18/2013, 10:00 AM

Clever JetBlue! It's using this week's oppressive heat dome to move some of its unsold inventory — and we love it! The airline says that as long as the heat wave lasts and temperatutes spike above 90 degrees Fahrenheit, it will offer strictly limited, last-minute "HotSeats" deals for up to 90% off. For the past few days, the heavlily discounte fares have been appearing on the airline's web...

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