Airlines and car rental companies use lots of names, but beneath the paint on the planes and car rental counter signs, there are only three biggies in each industry.
Airline consolidation has been "good" for airlines and "bad for consumers. The mergers that have taken place over the past six years have reduced the ability for passengers to vote with their wallets.
Senators and Representatives from Florida don't seem to be too concerned with the pending merger of American Airlines and US Airways. They seem to feel that their airports are safe from any disruption. But that was wen American Airlines (AA) was ruling the roost. Now, US Airways executives will be taking over the executive suite and they do things differently.
Weekend what we’re reading: iPad decompression tests, rental car consolidation, Top 10 airports that spread disease
This weekend we see iPad testing for decompression, take a look at rental car consolidation and what it means for consumers and businesses, and list the 10 airports most likely to spread disease.
Where we once had a choice of Hertz, Avis, Enterprise, Dollar, Thrifty, Budget, National and Alamo, we now have three. Those three major car rental companies are Hertz, Avis and Enterprise.
The first half of 2009 will see continued consolidation in the travel industry. The big and strong will be getting bigger and stronger and the small will face a tough time. Industry consolidation at the same time will be up against increased consumer search for better bargains.