Emirates pokes fun at US airline first class A manifesto on rail distribution (because the status quo is apparently broken) SilverRail Technologies, a consultant that works with railroads both in Europe and in the US, has released what they call a manifesto that will allow railroads to compete with airlines, especially in the short- and […]
Thank you for reading Consumer Traveler/Travelers United weekly newsletter. You can subscribe to our daily email newsletter here. A week in review: New UA CEO, Securing discounted hotel rooms, Vacation rental fees, First-class seats disappearing and more… It’s no secret that United Airlines has had its share of problems with customer service, on-time performance, baggage and […]
Everything about the volcanoes in Italy Volcanoes in Europe are only found in Italy. This article goes into why. The three big volcanoes are Mt. Etna, Mt. Vesuvius and Stromboli. Etna is almost in a continuous state of activity. Vesuvius is famous for burying Pompeii and has been active for hundreds of thousands of years. […]
The dark truth of cabin crew life: Sadness, sickness and loneliness The life of an airline crew isn’t all fun and games, meals and late night bar room scenes. It is more of lots of work, short layovers, and barely enough time to collect themselves for the next day’s efforts. What much of the public […]
Airfare riddle: same flight, different prices During the merger machinations of US Airways and American Airlines, there are plenty of price differences for the same flight between the two parts of the same airline. Of course, there is some fine line that separates these airlines as they merge, but it is a line that requires […]
Thanks to Christopher Elliott for mentioning the unmentionable — “class” — in an article in USA Today on “the growing rift between the ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’ in travel.”
Our food for thought today includes whether international passengers rules should be more consistent, buying first class airline ticket perk-by-perk, and where economics should rule overbooking or customer care.
New Boeing interiors, Bidding for first class, Airfare increases
US Air, American drawing up proposed settlement US Airways and American Airlines are willing to give up takeoff and landing slots at Reagan National as part of an attempt to get the Justice Department to allow the merger. In a complaint filed in August aimed at stopping the proposed transaction, the Justice Department focused on […]
I’m gripped by guilt when I get upgraded or somehow score a premium seat, which happens almost never, because I refuse to participate in those addictive airline loyalty programs. But when it does, I always cast a hesitant glance back to the economy class section, where the seats are stacked so close together that you almost can’t move, and I feel a little ambivalent – and ashamed.