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Are seat surcharges contributing to flight delays?

Some carriers open seats for online check-in 24 hours prior the flight. Others sell them up until the last minute. The result — check-in crowds and delays at boarding.
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    How long is too long? Is it time to regulate airline baggage delivery?

How long is too long? Is it time to regulate airline baggage delivery?

With baggage fees a given these days, one would think that there should be some minimum level of service for delivery of checked baggage at destinations. Alas, no such rules exist, resulting in random wait-times at baggage carousels.
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    Sunday Musings: Live like an Italian, Dali disturbing Christmas, we all want airline fee transparency

Sunday Musings: Live like an Italian, Dali disturbing Christmas, we all want airline fee transparency

Learning to live like Italians will add another dimension to life, Salvador Dali didn't mix with Christmas in 1960, and airlines are still grinches when it comes to airline fee transparency.
By |December 28th, 2014|Musings|1 Comment|
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    Planning a stopover on a European trip? Many airline surcharges just jumped 500 percent

Planning a stopover on a European trip? Many airline surcharges just jumped 500 percent

Airlines just raised the stopover fee for flights to Europe from $100 to $500. Why? Because they can. Because they have an oligopoly that has no effective competition.
By |October 10th, 2014|Today|6 Comments|
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    Cheap, cheaper and cheapest with no data — fliers’ road to perdition

Cheap, cheaper and cheapest with no data — fliers’ road to perdition

Cheap airfares are a laudable goal. But, creating cheap airfares by hiding ancillary fees is deceptive and misleading.

United Airlines’ very sneaky “validation” surcharge

These days, airline passengers have to feel like they can hardly sneeze without getting hit with an airline surcharge. Now, United has a new sneaky fee.
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    Your business class ticket isn’t changeable — but, airlines can change your seat

Your business class ticket isn’t changeable — but, airlines can change your seat

Mysteriously, a couple's seats together in Business Class get changed. The airline claims, "Stuff happens." Too bad passengers can't make the same claim.
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    After more than 1,000 days, Passenger Protection 3 is released for comments

After more than 1,000 days, Passenger Protection 3 is released for comments

A new DOT rulemaking, released after 1,000 days of deliberations, is momentous and will eventually change the way airline tickets are sold, how on-time and lost luggage is reported and how online travel agents interact with their customers.
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    Same flight, different prices; SWA eschews fees; no first class for congressmen

Same flight, different prices; SWA eschews fees; no first class for congressmen

Same flight, different prices; SWA eschews fees; no first class for congressmen
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    $900 airline change fee — three months early! Why not a sliding-fee scale?

$900 airline change fee — three months early! Why not a sliding-fee scale?

Airlines love to excuse their change fees by simply saying that passengers should either buy unrestricted tickets or purchase insurance. But for leisure travelers, unrestricted fares are often priced out of the ballpark and insurance doesn't cover everything — like mistakes.