DOJ subpoenas airlines, UK decides on Heathrow, free checked bag on Alaska

DOJ subpoenas airlines over keeping ticket prices high The US Department of Justice subpoenaed several major airlines due to the possibility of unlawful collusion. At issue is whether different airlines are coordinating to keep capacity — the number of seats available on planes — stable, having the effect of keeping ticket prices high. How the […]

Celebrity Cruises bundle pricing, FAA approves Houston spaceport, improving the passenger experience

Celebrity Cruises to go mainly with bundle pricing Celebrity Cruises will be rolling out a new pricing structure effective July 6. The new system builds on Celebrity’s 123Go! promotion, which offers a menu of perquisites, such as free gratuities, beverage packages or an onboard spending credit. The pricing structure, to be called Go!Big, Go!Better, Go!Best, […]

Airline code sharing — Whose ticket is it, anyway?

Airlines say code sharing alliances are necessary to offer passengers more routes and services. But air carriers in code share agreements are also granted antitrust exemption by the government, which allows them to keep fares on certain routes higher and limit choices, critics claim.

Newsletter – June 28, 2015

Here is a collection of the most-read stories from and from this week. Read ’em and learn something to make travel better.

Weird festivals that honor UFOs, garlic, bugs and more

In Gilroy, California, people line up to purchase watermelon, ice cream and chocolate, all of which are laced with fresh, pungent garlic. In an area of Wisconsin where pioneers and Native Americans once faced off, men and women vie to see who can throw a “cow chip” furthest. Underwater divers off Florida’s Looe Key are serenaded by sounds ranging from a song sung by the Beatles to the high-pitched call made by humpback whales.