Sunday musings: FF mileage lawsuit, ex-TWA flight attendant blues, airline tickets priced according to weight?

We have three different airline quandaries to ponder. How should frequent flier miles be awarded? Can TWA flight attendants have a second chance to get seniority back when AA merges with USAir? And, will the airlines ever start to charge for airline tickets by passenger weight?
By |March 31st, 2013|Today|9 Comments|

Bankruptcy court approves AA/USAir merger

As a bankruptcy solution the merger of American Airlines with US Airways is a wonderful solution. Creditors are made whole, stockholders do not lose all of the value of their stocks (though it has been dramatically reduced) and the business of aviation can continue. However, there is the messy business about how this merger will affect consumers.
By |March 29th, 2013|Today|2 Comments|

What we’re reading: JetBlue starts BOS-HOU service, Delta partners with MLB, Lufthansa blasts US FAA cuts

JetBlue starts BOS-HOU service, Delta partners with Major League Baseball, Lufthansa blasts US cuts

Automatic rebooking programs can automatically wreck your vacation

Instead of calling or lining up or even going online to have an agent rebook a flight where there has been some kind of travel disruption, travelers now get messages about possible or probable missed connections, along with a new alternate flight. The rebooking systems are good but, by no means, perfect.
By |March 28th, 2013|Today|10 Comments|

What we’re reading: Less stressful — TSA security or healthy eating? AA/US bankruptcy court OK, FAA may restrict 787 flights

Travelers say airport security less stressful than healthy eating, AA/US Airways merger approved, FAA may restrict 787 flights

Is Greyhound leaving passengers out in the cold?

A Greyhound bus, which originated in Minneapolis, left a group of passengers at a closed station in the middle of the night. The passengers huddled together outside the closed building. Singh opened his luggage and added layer upon layer of clothes in an effort to keep warm. This isn't right.

What we’re reading: IHG hotels offers free WiFi, 787 tests batteries in flight, Kindles at take-off and landing

IHG hotels to offer free Wi-Fi, Boeing 787 takes to the sky to test batteries, using electronic devices during take-off and landing

United’s new flat-bed transcontinental service — why it’s not all good news

United is betting that both improving and reducing the number of premium seats will increase the number of people who will actually pay for those seats.
By |March 26th, 2013|Today|16 Comments|

What we’re reading: Cooking oil powers KLM, Boeing readies 787 fix, FAA to pare down list of towers

Cooking oil partly powers KLM jets, Boeing readies 787s for coming fixes, FAA to pare down list of towers scheduled to close

Off the beaten path Los Angeles: The Watts Towers

Often when we travel to cities, there are wonderful locations and sights to visit not on the "top attraction" lists. Ned Levi has a recommendation for one of those sights in Los Angeles, the Watts Towers, an often overlooked location despite it being on the US National Register of Historic Places, and a National Historic Landmark.
By |March 25th, 2013|Columns|1 Comment|