June 9, 2013 |
When flight attendants order travelers to shut off their electronic devices during takeoffs and landings, they disrupt a lot of valuable technological activity. Well, maybe the activity is not so valuable but there is a lot of it. More than 105 million hours of activity on electronic devices are expected to be disrupted in 2013 by the Federal Aviation Administration's ban on using such devices during takeoffs and landings, according to a study by DePaul University's Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development.
June 5, 2013 |
Southern Californians who fly Southwest Airlines to Las Vegas and stay at one of the MGM Resorts properties along the Strip can earn points in the airline's' Rapid Rewards program and in MGM Resorts' M life loyalty club. Those who drive to Sin City can still earn 600 Rapid Rewards points for their hotel stays. To celebrate the new partnership, people who book rooms this month will earn 1,200 points -- double the usual amount -- per stay. Guests will also earn credits in M life and may be eligible for offers such as room upgrades and pre-sale tickets for concerts and boxing matches.
May 27, 2013 |
If you buy an airline ticket and need to change or cancel your itinerary, you could be in for an even more unpleasant surprise. Most travelers buy nonrefundable tickets because they cost considerably less than refundable tickets. But a couple of airlines have recently raised fees for changing and canceling nonrefundable domestic tickets, and they could be joined by more airlines in the coming weeks. Last month, United increased its change fee on nonrefundable domestic tickets to $200, up from $150.
May 26, 2013 |
The cost of flying might be going up, but this time it's not the airlines raising prices. The Obama administration has proposed raising the taxes on air travel by about $14 per flight, a move airlines strongly oppose. Higher taxes are needed to help reduce the deficit, pay for improvements at the nation's airports, and add thousands of new immigration and customs officers to reduce wait times to process foreign visitors, the administration says. Airlines say higher taxes will backfire and hurt the economy.
May 26, 2013 |
The cost of flying might be going up, but this time it's not the airlines raising prices. The Obama administration has proposed raising the taxes on air travel by about $14 per flight, a move airlines strongly oppose. Higher taxes are needed to help reduce the deficit, pay for improvements at the nation's airports and add thousands of new immigration and customs officers to reduce wait times to process foreign visitors, the administration says. Airlines say higher taxes will backfire and hurt the economy.
May 26, 2013 |
Life is not always smooth flying for airline executives, even with relatively stable profits and growing demand. Take Ben Baldanza, chief executive of Spirit Airlines, the no-frills carrier based in Florida. He had been scheduled to appear on CBS' “This Morning” show Wednesday. By coincidence the latest Consumer Reports airline ratings were released that same day. The survey ranked Spirit dead last by consumers and Baldanza was suddenly in the hot seat, forced to defend an airline that got a 50-point rating on a 100-point scale.
May 12, 2013 |
Some answers to readers' airline questions: Question: I understand that London's Heathrow Airport has a horrendous arrival fee. Is the same true for Stansted and Gatwick, London's two other airports? Answer: I'm not sure if you're referring to the airport landing fee, which is assessed based on the size of the aircraft and does vary from airport to airport but is paid directly by the airline, or Britain's air passenger duty, which is, essentially, a tax levied on airline tickets and varies depending on the class of service (economy or premium)
May 5, 2013 |
Frontier Airlines announced that this summer it will become the third U.S.-based airline to charge passengers a fee to bring carry-on bags into the cabin. Spirit Airlines and Allegiant Air already impose a carry-on fee. But Frontier added a twist. Passengers can avoid the fee ($25 if paid in advance, $100 at the gate) by booking the flight directly through the airline, at FlyFrontier.com. (There is also no charge if the bag fits under the seat.) By directing fliers to book with FlyFrontier.com, the airline avoids the booking fees it pays when passengers buy tickets through travel sites such as Expedia.com or Orbitz.com.
May 1, 2013 |
Southwest Airlines, the nation's largest domestic carrier, agreed to pay a $150,000 fine for failing to give timely responses to passenger complaints. The U.S. Department of Transportation announced the fine Wednesday, saying Southwest did not respond in writing within 30 days to complaints related to access for the disabled, as required by federal regulations. Southwest officials said the airline inadvertently missed the complaints because of a technical glitch. The Department of Transportation said the airline didn't learn of the problem until seven months after it began.
April 28, 2013 |
If you have to change your plans after booking a flight, get ready to pay higher fees. US Airways and United Airlines raised the fee charged to domestic passengers who want to rebook a nonrefundable ticket: It's now $200, up from $150. (The fee could be higher for international flights.) And Southwest Airlines, the nation's largest domestic carrier, announced it would launch a new no-show policy starting with travel on Sept. 13. In the past, Southwest passengers who missed a flight and didn't cancel the reservation in advance could still use the credit toward a different flight.