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Fee-free weekend kicks off National Park Week

PHeymont ·
U.S. National Parks will celebrate its annual National Park Week starting Saturday, April 18th, with two days of no entry fees (Saturday and Sunday) to kick off the celebration of America's more than 400 National Parks, big and small.   Many...
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Free checked bags and paid overhead? Maybe...

PHeymont ·
Virgin America cabin...which space is up for sale next?    Photo: Virgin America   If you're wondering what comes next in the world of airline fees, check this interview with airline execs at the Phoenix International Aviation...
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Those darn airline fees just set a new record!

PHeymont ·
You see baggage, the airlines see even bigger profits.       Photo: Jarcje / Wikimedia   Those darn bag fees, change fees, fee fees and more just keep piling up at America's airlines. For the first quarter of 2015, they set a...
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An era ends: Jet Blue's new fares and fees

PHeymont ·
JetBlue check-in kiosks at JFK. Save $5 by checking bag here instead of counter    Photo: JetBlue   With JetBlue's announcement today that it is ending free checked bags, Southwest is the only remaining major carrier offering free...
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Fewer U.S. airports have real competition

PHeymont ·
Lots of planes, little competition. Scene at Newark Liberty, where United controls nearly 70% of the traffic   As the U.S. airline industry has consolidated, competitive options at U.S. airports have shrunk. With 80% of U.S. domestic air traffic...
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Air Miles vs Low Fare Airline

PortMoresby ·
Looking for flights to Europe on which to spend my miles and being astonished by the fees, I had a look on the Norwegian site and was amazed in the other direction, by how cheap the fares were from the West Coast.  Until I started trying to...
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Airfares have remained flat for 20+ years

DrFumblefinger ·
  It might not seem like it but base airfares have remained flat (and in some routes have even decreased) for over two decades when adjusted for inflation.  That definitely goes against consumers perceptions that it's costing more to fly....
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Airline Price Gouging, Collusion, Undisclosed Fees

PortMoresby ·
Is our federal government finally taking some action in favor of consumers where airline pricing and fees are concerned?  According to Consumer Reports, the Department of Transportation has launched an investigation of 5 airlines over price...
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U.S. taxes on flying among world's highest

PHeymont ·
How much of your ticket is tax?   Not all the expensive add-ons for your ticket are airline bag fees and fuel surcharges; according to a new report, another big factor is high government charges, among the world's highest. Each ticket starts out...
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Just how much tax is in your ticket?

PHeymont ·
How much of your fare goes for taxes and airport fees?      Photo: Alexander Nieswandt / Wikimedia   If you've been vexed by all the charges the airlines add on top of your ticket for baggage, changes, seat choices and just plain...
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'Fee Creep' continues in cruise industry

PHeymont ·
Norwegian Escape (above) arrives with new dining charges                   Photo: Arno Redenius / Wikimedia   Perhaps taking a cue from the airlines, a number of cruise lines have recently added...
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$6 BILLION in bag and change fees!

PHeymont ·
U.S. air carriers last year racked up that total...$3.35 billion in bags and $2.61 in fees to change a reservation. It's hard to think of anything more to say, but what there is is in this  REPORT from CNN.
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Has the Revolution Started? Ryanair allows 2nd bag and reduces fee

PHeymont ·
Ryanair, noted for low-cost tickets and strict rules and fees has now relented a bit. Passengers can now carry a second small bag free, and fee for getting your boarding pass reprinted has dropped from $95 to $20...MORE
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Will JetBlue Change Its Colors?

PHeymont ·
MarketWatch put it this way" "JetBlue may start putting customers second."   The thought, encouraged by the stock market, is that JetBlue which is doing quite well financially, thank you, could do even better by squeezing more revenue from...
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A visit to Saudi Arabia: Part I

Lestertheinvestor ·
It is nearly impossible to visit Saudi Arabia. If you have a business there, you can travel on a business visa. If you are going to visit Mecca on a hajj (pilgrimage), you can get a visa. Otherwise, you have to be an invited guest of the government....
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Southwest: We'll charge fees, but not for bags

PHeymont ·
Southwest isn't giving up its special niche as the airline that doesn't charge for bags, but it'll soon be adding fees for a bunch of other things.
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Now an airline charge for NOT flying!

PHeymont ·
Korean Air has found a way to ding passengers who don't fly, even beyond keeping the price of their tickets!
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UK plan: Pay £5 to skip long passport lines

PHeymont ·
Will a plan to charge for fast lanes through UK airports solve a problem or only create a new one?
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New 'airline' charges more for carry-on than check-in

PHeymont ·
NewLeaf is a 'virtual airline,' but there's nothing virtual about their bag fees and their determination to load and unload planes fast.
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Up, Up and Away: Airline miles cards with big bonuses

PHeymont ·
Up, up and away—quickly! That’s the goal for many frequent fliers, and a current round of cards for various airlines is offering some big bonuses to meet that goal…some of them enough for a round-trip to Europe in one shot. Right...
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$35 Billion for Sandwiches and Seats...and airlines expect to double it!

PHeymont ·
The nation's airlines had over $700 billion in revenue last year, and 5% of it came from charges for snacks, seat assignments and entertainment...and they expect that to double! The seat assignment figure includes both "ups" for an inch or two extra...
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Airlines giving back? Two big surprises...

PHeymont ·
Allegiant refunds airfares for 6 flights in Tax Day surprise, and Delta eliminates a fee for tickets by phone. When's the last time a fee was cancelled?
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Happier with airlines? JD Power says so!

PHeymont ·
JD Power's annual survey of airline satisfaction says we're happier with flying than anytime in the past ten years...how about you?
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