It’s one of those unaskable questions in the travel industry, akin to challenging church dogma.
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.
AA/US expand codeshare, EWR and LGA to get new terminals, UA debuts new eco-friendly cups
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.
Renting a car 101, business travel stress, JAL and BA expand codeshare agreement
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.
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.
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Cabin of the future introduced by Airbus, VIA Rail codeshares with airlines, JetBlue gives customers more choices with early boarding
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?”
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.