November 8, 2013 |
If you fly only once or twice a year, it can be hard to pile up enough frequent-flier miles or points to get an award ticket. Signing up with credit card companies when bonuses are offered helps, but there are other ways to make what miles you do have work for you. Some airlines offer plans that allow you to pool your points as a family so you can qualify for a free ticket faster. This kind of program is most common among international carriers, but domestic airlines are starting to use this plan as well.
November 7, 2013 |
Forget the BCS college football rankings for a moment. Who's No. 1 when it comes to airlines? Frontier , Virgin America and JetBlue came in 1, 2 and 3 respectively in an annual Airfarewatchdog.com ranking that factors in such elements as customer service, on-time arrivals and baggage handling. Here are the rankings, based on Department of Transportation stats, with results weighted to allow for differences in the sizes of the airlines: 1. Frontier 2. Virgin America 3. JetBlue 4. Alaska 5. Southwest 6. Delta 7. AirTran 8. US Airways 9. American 10. United AirTran dropped four places since last year, from third to seventh overall.
November 6, 2013 |
United Airlines on Wednesday joined three other major carriers in lifting the restrictions on the use of portable electronic devices during takeoffs and landings. Passengers on mainline United flights can now keep their electronic gadgets turned on throughout the flight as long as they are switched to "airplane mode" and are not emitting a signal. Cellphone calls are still prohibited on commercial planes in the U.S. The Federal Aviation Administration announced a new policy on portable electronic devices on Friday, and already JetBlue Airways and Delta and American airlines have received approval from the FAA to lift the restrictions.
November 5, 2013 |
If American Airlines and US Airways divest themselves from "key" airports, the U.S. Department of Justice may be willing to drop its challenge to a merger plan for the airlines. That is the word from U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr., who said the Justice Department was discussing a potential settlement of a suit the agency filed in August to halt the merger that would create the nation's largest airline. "What we have tried to focus on is to make sure that any resolution in this case necessarily includes divestitures of facilities at key constrained airports throughout the United States," Holder said during a press conference on an unrelated matter.
November 4, 2013 |
American Airlines became the latest carrier to get federal clearance to lift restrictions on the use of portable electronic devices during takeoffs and landings. The Forth Worth-based airline will begin Monday afternoon to allow passengers to use electronic readers, tablets, music players and other portable gadgets while their planes are below 10,000 feet, as long as they are switched to "airplane mode. " The change comes only a few days after the Federal Aviation Administration announced plans to lift the restrictions as long as airlines can prove it will cause no ill effect on their navigation and communications systems.
November 3, 2013 |
Let's admit it: Almost no one listens to the safety instructions that flight attendants give at the start of each flight. Even the airlines know it. That is why so many have tried to enliven their safety messages. Over the last week, Virgin America and Delta Airlines have unveiled new safety videos that are shown to passengers to get the message across in an attention-grabbing way. Delta's new video has a holiday spin, featuring Christmas elves, Santa Claus, snowmen, and Alex Trebek from the television game show "Jeopardy.