JetBlue Increases Baggage Fee, Leading Way for Copycats

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/28/2018, 6:00 PM

It's like a cautionary fairy tale. There once was a fun-loving, egalitarian airline that wanted to revolutionize the industry. All seats were given personal TVs, there was only one type of aircraft and one class of service to keep maintenance costs and fares low, and, best of all, there were no checked bag fees. "No, no, no," promised the little airline. "We will not charge to check bags like a...

UPDATED: Will American Airlines' Scheduling Glitch Leave You Stranded for the Holidays?

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/04/2017, 12:00 AM

This post, originally published on December 1, has been updated below. American Airlines discovered earlier this week that a glitch in the internal system used by pilots to schedule vacation time had caused the accidental approval of time-off requests affecting more than 15,000 flights from December 17 to the end of the year. Unexpectedly, many flights were left with nobody to steer the plane. B...

The Fees Travelers Love....At Least for Now

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/01/2016, 7:15 PM

Discuss the mechanics of travel with most folks and the talk inevitably turns to fees. Sometimes you can actually feel the room heating up as travelers rail against having to pay extra to choose a seat, change a flight, carry on a bag (or check one) or pony up the dreaded “resort fee" at a hotel. And the higher those fees are, the more the temperature rises. But there are a different clas...

In Summer, The World of Travel Continues to Change in Small but Significant Ways

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 08/14/2015, 5:30 PM

         New travel developments are rare in the summer months, as travel hits peak traffic, but if anything is new and significant it's the awesome number of Americans choosing to vacation in the Persian Gulf—namely, in Dubai, Abu Dubai, and Doha. (Even more of them will go there in the winter months). These modern new cities are a sort of Disney Land for adults, stressing luxurious c...

Don't Buy the Hype! $10 Flights to Europe Will Never Be a Reality, And Here's Why

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 03/18/2015, 9:30 PM

Anyone who has ever been on Facebook knows what click bait is. That's when some website—it used to be one you'd never heard of, but now everyone's doing it—writes a sensational headline that you just can't resist clicking.  This week, the hot-button click bait goes like this, from The Huffington Post (a common click-bait culprit): Transatlantic Flights for as Low as $10 Could Become a...

Carriers Large and Small Going Slower to Save on Fuel Costs

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/12/2013, 10:15 PM

It'll take you longer to get there now. Ryanair has instructed its pilots to stick to a 600mph speed limit, which will save the carrier on fuel costs but also make trips take longer. It's not just exploitative airlines like Ryanair—although it gets the bad press for it. JetBlue did the same thing in 2008 and saved $13.6 million. In 2011, Cunard Line's Queen Mary 2 quietly increased...

Way To Stay Classy, Ryanair! Wait Until You Hear What's In The Airline's Training Manuals

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/11/2013, 4:15 AM

The same airline that once declared it would install pay toilets (that didn't happen), has been instructing its flight attendants to avoid making change for passengers when they buy a snack from the onboard trolley (that did happen). According to the UK's Daily Mail newspaper, Ryanair flight attendants were given a manual on how to boost revenues during flights. In a copy obtained by the ...

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