What we’re reading: Virgin America gives real-time deals, cruise sellers collecting more fees, UAL pilots sue to slow merger


Virgin America launches real-time deals with Loopt

Virgin America is teaming up with Loopt to give passengers real-time deals. The deals are for everything from candy to car rentals.

To unlock real-time deals, passengers at SFO must use Loopt to check in at T2, the spanking new Terminal 2 where San Francisco-based Virgin America is an anchor tenant, then watch a short video about the terminal’s modern and sustainable design. “A Day in the Life of SFO’s T2” does an excellent job of making the airport almost as inviting as the onward destination.

Fee factor: Cruise sellers collecting more fee revenue

Back in 1997, industry consultant Robert Joselyn said that agents will have “no choice but to begin charging service fees.”

Fast forward 13 years: ASTA’s 2010 Financial Benchmarking report, released earlier this summer, found that cruise agents now derive 34% of their total revenue from a combination of transaction and trip-planning fees.

United pilots sue to stop merger integration

United Airlines pilots asked a judge to stop the integration with Continental Airlines saying that “the company is moving too fast in its bid to merge operations fully.”

The United chapter of the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), which filed suit in the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York, sought a stay of Friday’s deadline to complete the next phase of training and begin new procedures.

The union said the proposed level and timeline of training necessary for United Continental to earn single operating authority from Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is inadequate.

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  • Anonymous

    Interesting about the cruise fees – I’ve been charging a fee for vacation consulting since 1997 – and that has always included cruises.

  • Wprdiver

    How about NOT MERGING at all?   UNITED is just dragging CO down to it’s level of overcharging/ lack of customer service, and their baggage fees have just gone out of this WORLD for internat’l flights!.