Is Frontier Airlines testing the most radical fee changes of all?

The only thing certain about airline fees is that they only go up. The recent hike of legacy carrier change fees has gotten a lot of press, including on this site. However, Frontier Airlines, which has kept change fees at $100, has been quietly instituting new fees of their own.

Sunday musings: Advertising saves Venice, soars, Congress OKs new international baggage screening

We imagine bridges and waterbuses in Venice decked out in advertising for Diesel jeans. We are surprised by the rise of into the #3 position among online travel agencies. And, common-sense is applied by Congress to former rules that required already-screened checked baggage to rescreened at US airports after arriving from out of the country.

Cutting out the middleman may cost an airline more than it saves

This post from PhoCusWright serves to promote one of their industry studies. However, it correctly points out the importance of websites that allow consumers to compare prices across airlines. Though many airlines are experiencing a high volume of direct bookings, this study shows that many travelers shop on sites where they can compare prices and then buy directly with the airlines.

Privacy and personalized bargains for airfares

The new airfare order with fares, surcharges, fees and variations thereof will mean passengers will have to give airlines, travel agencies, GDSs and search engines even more information than ever before to find the lowest airfare. Privacy, once an afterthought when purchasing a ticket will become an issue.

Seek and you shall find the travel bargains in 2009

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.