April 5, 2008 |
Just six weeks into their romance, 28-year-old Mandy Gresh and her boyfriend decided to take a mini-vacation to Quebec City. She bought airline tickets and reserved a hotel room for the weekend. Then it hit her: They'd be together four straight days. What if they got in a fight? What if a really annoying personality quirk emerged? What if they broke up before they even left? "I was like, 'Oh my god, the trip is as far away as we've been dating,' " Gresh said. "Hopefully nothing goes wrong in the next month because we're both going to be out a lot of money!"
May 3, 2012 |
Spirit Airlines , the first carrier to impose fees for carry-on bags, starting in November will charge as much as $100 per bag for passengers who bring luggage to stow in the overhead bin. It currently costs $45 if you show up at the gate with a carry-on bag. That figure will rise to $100 on Nov. 6, according to baggage fees listed on the airline's website. Spirit has a dizzying menu of bag fees that are tied to the...
March 3, 2013 |
KARLOVY VARY, Czech Republic - We had been collecting frequent-flier points for years. My husband, Keith, and I thought that, yes, of course, we would use them. We would fly around the world. Business class. Maybe next year. Queen Latifah shoved us out of our fantasy and onto the planes. It happened after we watched "Last Holiday" one more time. In it, Queen Latifah portrays a shy New Orleans department store clerk with a crush on fellow employee LL Cool J. Her dreams are confined to a scrapbook of "Possibilities.
March 18, 2001
A coalition of five major airlines has quietly begun testing of its controversial Internet booking site, http://www.orbitz.com, which is scheduled for a full launch this summer. Spokeswoman Dawn Doty said last week that the site, which is the subject of federal antitrust reviews, has already sold several hundred airline tickets among the "couple of thousand" users who have signed on to test it.
June 9, 2004 |
The Defense Department spent an estimated $100 million for airline tickets that were not used over a six-year period and failed to seek refunds even though the tickets were reimbursable, congressional investigators say. The department compounded the problem by reimbursing employee expense claims for tickets bought by the Pentagon, the investigators said. Congress' General Accounting Office issued the findings in two reports on the Pentagon's lack of control over airline travel.
October 22, 2000
Beleaguered Priceline.com, the name-your-own-price Internet auctioneer of airline tickets, car rentals and hotel rooms, is being investigated by Connecticut Atty. Gen. Richard Blumenthal, whose office is probing about 100 complaints of "incomplete and inaccurate disclosure" of the company's sales policies, especially for airline tickets and gasoline. (Priceline has announced it will drop sales of gasoline.
December 2, 2012 |
Anyone who has flown on a commercial airline recently might assume that air carriers have run out of ideas for new passenger fees. After all, the world's biggest airlines are expected this year to collect $36.1 billion in revenue for food, drinks, wireless Internet service, roomier seats and checked bags. But the airline industry is not resting on its money-making laurels. At a three-day “Airline Information” conference in San Diego last week, airline representatives met with technology firms, marketing companies and others to discuss ways to maximize airline passenger fees.
January 22, 2012 |
Even when buying airline tickets, timing is everything. Passengers can get the lowest airfares if they buy six weeks before their flight, according to a study by the Airlines Reporting Corp., an Arlington, Va., company that handles ticketing transactions between the nation's airlines and travel agents. The study looked at millions of transactions for airline tickets over the last four years and found that passengers pay the lowest price, nearly 6% below the overall average fare, if they buy six weeks before their flight.
May 12, 2002 |
Travel seller Lowestfare.com has stopped selling airline tickets on its Internet site, www.lowestfare.com, and has shut down its Jetset Tours division, an international airline consolidator that sold to travel agents. Company officials said tickets sold before May 2 would be honored and that www.lowestfare.com would continue to sell cruises and vacation packages. Gail Golden, vice chairman and CEO of Lowestfare.