What we’re reading: Frontier to start charging for carry-ons, airline mergers are not equal, Sky View Observatory ranks in top eleven


Frontier Airlines chooses the dark side, begins charging for carry-on bags

Frontier Airlines is following Spirit Airlines’ lead by charging for carry-on bags effective Monday, April 28. They did mention that they are lowering their base airfare by an average of 12 percent.

Frontier carry-on fee breakdown:*
· Pay for your carry-on online during purchase: $20
· Pay for your carry-on online after purchase, but before flight day: $30
· Pay for your carry-on at airport check-in: $35
· Pay for your carry-on at the gate: $50
· Book your flight on anything other than FlyFrontier.com in “Basic Fare” class and have a carry-on: $100

Additionally, they will charge you if you want seat assignments. The cost ranges from $3 all the way up to $50. The article above will give you the details.

The question is will the other airlines follow?

First quarter earnings: Some airline mergers are more equal than others

The recent mergers of airlines seems to have given them record earnings for the first quarter, except for one airline: United.

The healthy numbers posted by American, Delta, and Southwest – which have all gone through major mergers in recent years – stands as a sharp contrast to United’s net loss of over $600 million, and shows that not all airline mergers are created equal.

Ironically, the first quarter is usually the weakest for the airline industry given its exposure to potential severe winter weather. That, of course, was the case this year when what some called snowmageddon caused the industry to cancel well in excess of 100,000 flights.

Seattle’s Sky View Observatory ranks in top eleven by Conde Nast Traveler

Conde Naste Traveler has recently named Seattle’s Sky View Observatory as one of the top 11 public viewing platforms in the world.

Offering 360-degree views from the top of soaring skyscrapers, Columbia Center’s observatory was listed in-group with the Shanghai World Financial Center, the Empire State Building in New York and the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Conde Nast Traveler author, Marisa LaScala, noted that Seattle’s highest and chicest view sits heads and shoulders above the local competition, and the entry fee of $12.50 is a travel bargain to boot.

  • http://tsanewsblog.com/214/news/history-repeats-itself-with-tsas-strip-search-tactics/ Lisa Simeone

    I think the carry-on (and checked bag) fees are fair. People try to bring too much crap on board, hogging more than their fair share of space. If you can’t afford to pay for your bags, then you can’t afford to fly. Either that, or take less stuff.