Who really benefits from airline codesharing?

It’s one of those unaskable questions in the travel industry, akin to challenging church dogma.

Last gasp against American Airlines/US Airways merger

Today is the final filing day for those in opposition to the American Airlines/US Airways (AA/US) merger. The merger rules and regulations allow objectors to the settlement to file comments that must be addressed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) prior to the final approval of the merger. A collection of consumer groups, including the Consumer Travel Alliance, will be making such filings today.
By |February 7th, 2014|Today|1 Comment|

What we’re reading: AA/US codeshare, EWR and LGA get new terminals, UA debuts eco-friendly cups

AA/US expand codeshare, EWR and LGA to get new terminals, UA debuts new eco-friendly cups

Airline code-sharing — deceptive, misleading and growing

Once upon a time, code-sharing was used to link mainline carriers with their regional airline networks. It started as a way to mislead consumers into thinking that the airline taking them from airport to airport was the same company.
By |December 28th, 2012|Today|6 Comments|

What we’re reading: Rental car 101, business travel stress, JAL & BA codeshare

Renting a car 101, business travel stress, JAL and BA expand codeshare agreement

6 airline passenger rights that didn’t exist last year

Over the past three years, passenger protections have slowly but surely made their way through the rulemaking process in Washington, DC. New tarmac-delay rules have been instituted and have eliminated much of the tarmac-delay issues. But, the Department of Transportation (DOT) didn't stop there. The last of the most recent rules are coming into effect. These new rules, six of which are listed below, have changed the landscape of passenger protections.

With international checked baggage on code-share flights, which airline’s rules apply?

In the case of a code-share operation with a foreign carrier or that of an airline alliance with antitrust immunity, the ability to merge operations and make them seamless for travelers borders on the impossible. Consumers end up faced with alliances and codeshares of a Frankenstein nature.
By |October 27th, 2011|Today|14 Comments|

What we’re reading: Cabin of the future, VIA Rail codeshare with airlines, JetBlue gives customers even more

Cabin of the future introduced by Airbus, VIA Rail codeshares with airlines, JetBlue gives customers more choices with early boarding

Codeshare confusion: Whose baggage policy applies to my flight?

Codesharing, or allowing multiple airlines to sell tickets on the same flight as if it were their own, can lead to a lot of confusion. And it’s more than just a matter of, “What flight am I on?”

6 current kinks in the Oneworld alliance

From a travel agent perspective, these mergers do have some advantages for clients, especially when it comes to fare combinability. But like many airline innovations, alliances can create as many problems as they solve.
By |July 23rd, 2010|Today|3 Comments|