Airlines love to tout the benefits of code-share flights. But the truth is, the only people they really benefit are the airlines themselves.
Lufthansa’s travel-agent fee will make comparison shopping for airfare more difficult and, if followed by other airlines, add costs to more than half of the world’s airline consumers.
Airlines love code-shares. They allow carriers to market and sell and advertise flights to destinations to which they don’t actually fly.
From a consumer point of view, there aren’t many benefits. But airlines are more likely to help out with a delay or missed connection if all flights are on one ticket. On the other hand, a codeshare flight can lull passengers into a false sense of security and have real disadvantages.
United Airlines with their code-share partner Swiss may have come up with the best minimum connecting time, or rather, worst, I’ve seen — a 30-minute connection to an international flight, with two different carriers, in two different terminals, at JFK Airport.
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It was one of those theoretically simple changes that turned out to be a potential nightmare. A client booked an advance-purchase business class ticket and then found he needed to change the return to come back earlier. This can be a very expensive proposition.
The final verdict was issued by the competition committee at the E.U. and now Austrian Airlines will become a part of Lufthansa joining Swiss to complete the German-speaking trifecta. This gives Lufthansa a solid footing in all air transportation routes connecting central Europe.
Once upon a time, US airlines were the envy of the industry. American carriers served more passengers than any international airline. They flew the latest planes with the finest amenities. What happened?
Swiss International announced an improbably codeshare arrangement with US Airways.
In a stark contrast to U.S. legacy carriers bent on using airplanes until they are totally worn out, SWISS International Airlines is in a program of upgrading their European fleet.