March 4, 2013 |
Only eight days after launching a fare hike, Delta Air Lines has initiated another price increase for flights booked within seven days of the trip. But the good news for travelers is that Delta rescinded the latest fare hike over the weekend after few other airlines matched the increase. Delta initiated a raise of $4 to $10 per flights for flights booked within seven days of departure on Feb. 20, according to the website Farecompare.com, which tracks air fare trends. The hike, which targeted last-minute bookings made primarily by business travelers, was matched by all of Delta's major competitors.
February 25, 2013 |
When a trade group for corporate travel managers recently predicted airfares would rise in 2013, the group probably didn't expect the hikes to be launched so quickly. Domestic airfares are expected to jump 4.6% in 2013, while international rates will probably rise 8.3%, according to a survey of travel managers by the GBTA Foundation, an arm of the Global Business Travel Assn. The group attributed the increase to rising demand from companies ready to take advantage of new business opportunities in a strengthening economy.
September 14, 2012 |
Airfares have inched up again. Six of the nation's largest airlines on Thursday raised their fares $10 per round trip on many routes. The fare hike was initiated the day before by Southwest Airlines, the nation's largest domestic carrier. Southwest raised its prices on about 400 of its routes, or 10% of its flights. A Southwest spokesman said the increase was "due to the challenging environment of volatile fuel prices. " American, Delta, US Airways, JetBlue and Virgin America all matched the hike on a limited number of flights.
August 2, 2012 |
United Airlines has initiated its second fare hike in less than a month, and several other carriers are beginning to match the increase. United began to increase the price of domestic round-trip flights by $10 Tuesday, according to Rick Seaney, who keeps track of fare hikes through his travel website Farecompare.com. By Thursday, he said, Delta, US Airways and American Airlines began increasing fares by the same amount on most of their domestic routes. But so far, the biggest domestic carrier in the nation, Southwest Airlines, has yet to match the increase.
December 6, 2010 |
For all the protest and controversy that arose during Thanksgiving weekend over enhanced pat-down searches and full-body image scans at airports, the Homeland Security Department is celebrating the addition of a security measure that did not draw public outcry. The department announced last week that 100% of passengers flying within or bound for the U.S. are now checked against government watch lists that are updated regularly based on the latest intelligence. The measure was recommended in 2004 by the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, also known as the 9/11 commission.
February 11, 2010 |
Chances are you've never heard of Larry Doyle. I had no idea who he was until last week, when the news division at CBS let him go after 40 years. Yes, CBS had another round of firings, and the loss of Doyle, the network's top war news producer, showed how deep these cuts really were. Dan Rather told the New York Observer that Doyle was "the soul of the place." Everyone was told this purge was a response to the devastating ad market of 2009. TV news layoffs are often spun as cyclic when, in fact, they are secular, part of the retrenching of a still-powerful but no longer influential media sector.