Consumer Traveler Newsletter – November 2, 2014

Thank you for reading Consumer Traveler’s weekly newsletter. You can subscribe to our daily email newsletter here. Airline consumers drive the discussions on voice calls on planes, growing government taxation of travel and effects of mergers on airline passengers. Last week the Advisory Committee for Aviation Consumer Protection (ACACP) met at the Department of Transportation (DOT). […]

What we’re reading: Frontier to start charging for carry-ons, airline mergers are not equal, Sky View Observatory ranks in top eleven

Frontier Airlines chooses the dark side, begins charging for carry-on bags Frontier Airlines is following Spirit Airlines’ lead by charging for carry-on bags effective Monday, April 28. They did mention that they are lowering their base airfare by an average of 12 percent. Frontier carry-on fee breakdown:* · Pay for your carry-on online during purchase: […]

AA and USAir lawyers flail in wake of Justice suit against merger

American Airlines (AA) and US Airways (US) are flailing as they consider what actions to take in the wake of the announcement by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and six State Attorneys General that they are filing a lawsuit to block the proposed merger of their airlines. It is going to be tough going if they try to fight DOJ.

The potential AA/USAir merger — if it ever happens

Should passengers start thinking about a merged USAiways and American Airlines? Any merger will take a long time, but some changes will come sooner than later and the frequent flier tie-ups and awards programs will be some the first to change.