To go or not to go — that is the Paris question for many travelers these days. Fortune magazine lists the most hated travel fees. And, the proposed Marriott buyout of Starwood means loyalty program changes.
Carnival Corp. brings high-speed Wi-Fi to all global brands by 2016 After years of complaints from passengers, cruise lines are beginning to tackle the problems of affordable Wi-Fi on cruise ships. The service is already available on 30 ships and the rollout is expected to be finished by the end of 2016. “With this approach, […]
Amtrak to start charging excess baggage fees Who saw this coming? There are no fuel costs that need to be accounted for. There are no expenses with manpower to handle baggage. What the heck?!@#%! Amtrak announced new baggage charges as of yesterday, Oct. 1, 2015. But don’t worry too much; the free luggage allowance is […]
The hotel industry’s race to escape the dinosaur age You step into your hotel room and you notice that almost everything is antiquated: from the old style alarm clock to the paper room service menu. If you go to independent hotels such as the Aria in Las Vegas, everything in your room uses the latest […]
The new American Airlines — the product of last year’s controversial merger between American and US Airways — may only be a few months old, but that hasn’t stopped travelers from forming opinions about the world’s largest airline. The carrier, based in Dallas, has made some noteworthy changes since it settled a lawsuit with […]
I said it during the Senate Aviation Subcommittee hearings on Capitol Hill and now the “new” America Airlines (AA) is proving me correct. The AA/US merger what’s-down-is-up and what’s-up is-down claim that cutting the number of network airlines from four to three would improve competition is now clearly seen as cynical bald-face misdirection. AA’s new line-up service from LaGuardia makes that clear as a bell.
Now that the bankruptcy judge has approved the merger of American Airlines and US Airways, the last hurdle is gone and shortly the two airlines will merge. Ned Levi examines who the winners and losers are as the merger is completed.
Just as when the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed its complaint against the America Airlines/US Airways merger, the announcement of a settlement surprised many in the aviation world. Lawyers, salivating at seeing an antitrust case go to trial, were disappointed and consumers looking at a dramatic cutback in airline competition on overlapping connecting routes felt thwarted. But, upon closer examination, the DOJ settlement may develop into a competitive benefit for consumers.
DL, VX, WN have their say about the merger, LAX, ORD predicted to be busiest this Thanskgiving, Willis Tower no longer tallest building in US
The Justice Department has reached a settlement with American Airlines and US Airways regarding the merger of their airlines. The remedies extracted by the Department of Justice (DOJ) are stronger than any previously demanded of merging airlines and should help ameliorate the anticompetitive thrust of this merger. Unfortunately, consumers, competition and the free market —the entire reason for antitrust rules and regulations — took a hit.