The airline industry is perhaps the only industry in America that gets away with rules that say you have to pay for trips you don't take.
Most premium travel is written off for hefty tax deductions. Business class and first class get written off together with travel luxuries. It doesn't seem fair when working class citizens get stuck making up the resulting budget deficits.
The drinks didn't stop flowing. Two women sitting in front of me got very drunk, loud and abusive, making the flight awful. When deplaning, one even had to be helped to the terminal.
Norwegian Shuttle already has routes landing in New York, Los Angeles, Fort Lauderdale and Orlando. As it seeks to expand its low-cost service, it is facing a barrage of criticism and political pressure from legacy airlines and their unions.
The airlines should strongly support the most recent DOT NPRM that calls for more ancillary fee transparency. These proposed DOT rules will improve customer service rankings and ultimately make the skies friendlier for the free market and for the flying public.
I receive regular missives from readers about disappearing prices, most commonly airfares. Technology experts blame the problem on caching, or storing the fares to make them faster to access online. They say that caching sometimes allows a fare to show as available when it’s already purchased. But once you try to book it, the system will return an error and point you to the next available fare, which is usually more expensive.
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JetBlue pilots vote to join union, airline rankings, what every traveler should pack
Are airlines being held to a different advertising standard than other consumer products industries?
Airlines assert that a U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) requirement that they prominently display the full price of an airline ticket (base fare, taxes, fees) in a print or online advertisement treats them differently than other industries. They are correct. There is a reason. They are treated differently on many different levels.
A carry-on bag is included in Lana Joseph’s ticket price whenever she flies from Cleveland to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on United Airlines. But if that carry-on includes Molly, her six-pound Yorkshire terrier, Joseph has to cough up an additional $250 round-trip.
In air transportation, the ultimate "opt out" is the use of private aircraft to avoid, for a very high price, the hassles of common-carrier airlines. Private charter flights are exempt from TSA screening searches, and often operate from separate "executive" terminals or even separate airports most airline passengers have never heard of, such as those in Teterboro, NJ, for New York City, or Van Nuys, CA, for greater Los Angeles.