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Delta/Alaska Battle for Seattle heats up

Paul Heymont ·
If you thought the boxing match in Las Vegas the other day was the "battle of the century," you haven't been watching Delta and Alaska Airlines fight it out over passenger traffic in Seattle. The two airlines have been codeshare partners for a long...
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Europe set to OK SkyTeam hook-up for Paris

Paul Heymont ·
It looks like European regulators are set to approve a joint operation covering routes between the U.S., Paris, Rome and Amsterdam. The arrangement, under scrutiny for three years, would let the airlines, all SkyTeam members, plan schedules together...
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A little good news from Delta's SkyMiles: a lower fare

Paul Heymont ·
After months of mostly bad news for loyalty-program members, as numbers of airlines reduced opportunities for accumulating points by flying, and some also raised the cost in points for award tickets, Delta (one of the most criticized for previous...
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Airline scheduling: Hurry up and wait, or run like crazy?

Paul Heymont ·
Have you ever stopped to wonder, while planning a trip, how your airline’s schedule was planned? Especially when it seems you’re about to be condemned to a headlong half-marathon across the airport to a flight that leaves all-too-soon, or...
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Another "ultra low-fare" carrier ups its game

Paul Heymont ·
Frontier Airlines, which has been transforming itself into an ultra low-fare carrier like Allegiant and Spirit, is also expanding its route system, and seems to be targeting Delta by opening new routes from Atlanta to cities Delta serves from...
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JFK Exhibit features "grande" sculptures of Starbucks cups

Paul Heymont ·
Depending on your definition of art and commerce, this may be the find of the century or an ironic comment, but three pieces on display at Delta's JFK terminal are certainly eye-catching. Commissioned to gain publicity for Delta's announcement that...
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No "Love" in this battle for Dallas airport gates

Paul Heymont ·
Southwest, which already controlled 16 of the 20 gate spots at Love Field, Dallas' second airport, has been approved to buy two more from United, in a move that could freeze Delta out altogether.   The gate slots are highly prized because the...
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Airline ratings: Frontier is worst and latest

Paul Heymont ·
Frontier and Southwest planes pass each other at Seattle. Photo: Wikimedia / rsocol   In two different surveys recently released, Frontier takes the cake...sort of. On one, it was the airline garnering the most complaints; on the other (perhaps...
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Delta tries 'May we carry on your carry-on?"

Paul Heymont ·
Delta is trying a new idea this summer, on a trial basis: Speeding up boarding by having airline staff load passengers' carry-ons in the overhead before passengers board. They're calling it 'Early Valet' and will test it on a number of flights from...
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Is Delta trying to become a "stealth airline?"

Paul Heymont ·
Above, Delta flight takes off. Below, Delta takes off flight info from ticket agencies     Delta, which earlier this year stopped posting its award charts so that its Skymiles members can no longer plan ahead how many "miles" they'll have to...
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When the safety video becomes inflight entertainment

Paul Heymont ·
Be honest: How many of you keep on reading while the flight attendants give you the required safety briefing and show the video? (in the interests of honest disclosure, I plead guilty).   But in recent years, there have been a number of attempts...
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NYC's Laguardia gets builder for new terminal

Paul Heymont ·
New York's Laguardia Airport, my favorite (but it don't get no respect) has taken a big step toward its major upgrade with the selection of a developer consortium that will design, build and operate a new terminal to handle double the passengers with...
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Iceland's tourism numbers are booming!

Paul Heymont ·
Tourism is up, it seems in most of the world; France and the U.S. are both preparing for 100 million visitor years soon. And Iceland, while far behind in total visitors, is among the most-rapidly-growing destinations.   Iceland had 970,000...
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JetBlue extends its move into premium market

Paul Heymont ·
JetBlue is taking advantage of United Airlines' planned departure from JFK by increasing its business-class service from JFK to California.   JetBlue, which made its reputation as a traveler-friendly one-class airline with great inflight...
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NBA players to get a big upgrade in the air

Paul Heymont ·
Inside the Mavericks' 757   If you feel a little cramped in your airplane seat, think what it would be like if you were 7'2" and trying to sit in that seat! That's a real issue for NBA players, and it's why the teams fly on specially-equipped...
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Allegiant adds Cincinnati base

Paul Heymont ·
  Cincinnati, which used to be a Delta hub and has had a big dropoff in business since Delta shifted its attention elsewhere, has some good news: Allegiant, one of the ultra-low-cost carriers people seem to hate but love to fly, will make...
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United, Delta to swap JFK/Newark slots

Paul Heymont ·
United Airlines is planning to pull out of JFK in New York altogether, shifting its relatively small operation there to its big hub across the river at Newark Liberty. The shift will take place starting Oct. 25 when United shifts its Premium Service...
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AAdvantage members, bite your nails: change is coming

Paul Heymont ·
After a couple of years in which both United and Delta have switched to frequent flier systems based on dollars spent on fares rather than miles flown, American could be joining the parade...but we'll have to wait and see. American is planning changes...
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Trouble in paradise: Delta quits airline lobby

Paul Heymont ·
Delta has left the building...or at least the lobby. They've announced they are quitting Airlines for America, the lobbying organization that speaks for many of America's carriers, including the Big 3 legacy carriers.   The splitting issue is air...
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Delta 1st Airline to Accept Apple Pay for Tickets

Travel Rob ·
Delta, is the first US airline to launch Apple Pay on their App for buying airline tickets directly from their iPhones. Now, with a few clicks, buyers can book and pay for their airline tickets. This can come in handy for flash sales...
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Bargains ahead for used plane buyers?

Paul Heymont ·
We're used to reading of big orders of new planes, especially at the big annual airshows. But some airlines, including big ones, also keep an eye on the used-plane market.   Delta, for example, has indicated it wants to expand its wide-body fleet...
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American chases Spirit in 'race to the bottom'

Paul Heymont ·
American Airlines, the world's largest carrier, is feeling mosquito bites from much smaller but very aggressive discounter Spirit, and is planning to implement "less frills" fares to try to compete on the increasing number of routes where they compete...
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Airlines add new routes, expanded service

Paul Heymont ·
This week has seen a number of airlines announcing new service and expanded capacity on routes foreign and domestic. Some of the notable: American will add a new city to its route network, with flights starting March 3 to Merida, the largest city on...
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Feud Starts Up Again Between Delta and American for Haneda Airport Route

Travel Rob ·
The two carriers have fought for months over the rights to fly into Haneda Airport in Tokyo. It's much closer to Central Tokyo than Narita is and business travelers prefer it.    First, American complained to the U.S....
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UPDATE: Justice Dept. sues over Delta/United Newark swap

Paul Heymont ·
  The U.S. Department of Justice has sued in U.S. District Court in New Jersey to block Delta and United from swapping their slots at Newark and JFK airports, saying that it is important to preserve competition at Newark. United already controls...
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Delta adds a Second Flight to Iceland

Travel Rob ·
         Skógafoss, Iceland- Photo by DrFumblefinger            Delta is the only U.S. airline that goes to Iceland and they fly...
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And then there were none: AAdvantage shifts to points-per-dollar

Paul Heymont ·
American Airlines' AAdvantage program, the last major U.S. holdout of the once-traditional one-point-per-mile-flown loyalty system has announced that starting midyear next year it will be shifting to a model that rewards those who spend the most, not...
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Delta, American Plan More Routes

Paul Heymont ·
Delta and American are both ramping up their networks—Delta with more service to Europe and American with new domestic routes.   Delta is adding a daily NYC-Zurich non-stop and increased service from NY to Rome, adding to its service from...
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Delta: 20% of revenue from "non-traditional" sources

Paul Heymont ·
Cunard used to advertise that "getting there is half the fun," and now Delta is boasting, in effect, that "getting there" is less of the trip than before, because over 20% of its revenue now comes not from selling tickets, but from selling food,...
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Delta Shrinking Front Cabin, Adding Coach Seats

Paul Heymont ·
Delta is replacing hard-to-sell premium seats on some international flights with in-demand coach seats. MORE
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Delta Hangs Up on Inflight Calling

Paul Heymont ·
Now that you can keep your devices on gate-to-gate, attention has turned to inflight calling. Since the FCC announced it's getting ready to legalize inflight calls there's been a storm of controversy, with many saying they don't want to spend 8 hours...
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Duty-Free in the Air: Works for Some...

Paul Heymont ·
Despite a growing trend to offer duty-free shopping on international flights—and the chance to make serious money—Delta has ended its inflight duty-free program. The decision apparently involves both a disagreement with the company that...
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Delta NY-BOS shuttle changes planes and LGA terminals

Paul Heymont ·
Starting in November, Delta's NY-Boston hourly shuttle operation is moving from the Marine Air Terminal, Laguardia's old terminal for the Pan Am flying boats of the 30s to Delta's main terminal at the far end of the field. It will no longer be able to...
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Virgin America gets American's Love Field gates

Paul Heymont ·
Two gates at Dallas' Love Field that American was required to give up as part of its merger deal will go to Virgin America, which will shift its Dallas operations there from DFW. They're adding flights between Love and SFO, LAX, and Washington Reagan...
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Delta's cheap "e-fare" — That's the "Spirit!"

Paul Heymont ·
Delta will soon introduce a "basic economy" fare it calls the "e-fare," to compete with low-cost carrier Spirit in a number of markets. It tried the fare out earlier this year in select markets. For a discount from the regular fare (some larger than...
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United Follows Delta in Loyalty Program Changes

Paul Heymont ·
United Airlines is making the same sort of shift Delta previously announced; starting early next year MileagePlus points for flights will be awarded based on the price of tickets rather than the distance flown. Passengers will get anywhere from 5 to...
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Delta, AeroMexico joint operation gets OK

Paul Heymont ·
AeroMexico and Delta get approval from U.S. for a joint operation that will have over 25% of the air travel between the two countries.
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Airlines post a flurry of new routes

Paul Heymont ·
Airlines are about to fly numbers of new routes, both domestic and trans-atlantic...and some for very cheap.
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BA suffers computer glitch; Delta's cost $100 million

Paul Heymont ·
As BA suffers from check-in system crashes, Delta adds up the cost of last month's outage and cancellations.
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Gulf Airlines: If you can't beat 'em, join 'em

Paul Heymont ·
British Airways and Qatar sign joint operating agreement for London and Doha; Qatar adds to its stake in BA's parent.
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American follows Delta with free entertainment

Paul Heymont ·
American is making all its inflight entertainment free, following Delta's lead. But when will we get free Wi-Fi?
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Delta: September fare sales, if you're ready for Delta

Paul Heymont ·
Seattle tops the list of featured sale fares listed on AirfareWatchdog for the NYC area. Check them out for other cities as well!
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JetBlue's big plans for Boston and Atlanta

Paul Heymont ·
JetBlue continues to expand its routes from Boston, where it's the largest carrier. Atlanta's on the list, and Delta and Southwest are the targets.
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LaGuardia rebuild may expand more than terminals

Paul Heymont ·
New York's LaGuardia Airport is getting a complete make-over, and deals for longer flights may be in the package.
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Airline system crashes: How do they happen?

Paul Heymont ·
As Delta struggles to return to normal, everyone's question is "How do these system-wide crashes even happen?"
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Lucky flier gets a private flight on Delta

Paul Heymont ·
Delta passenger returning home to Atlanta had the plane to himself, because Delta wasn't able to reach him and reschedule.
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Fast Start for New Inflight Device Rules

Paul Heymont ·
Apparently anticipating yesterday's FAA announcement of new rules for inflight electronics, Delta and JetBlue had already submitted their compliance documents to the FAA, and may begin the new rules as early as today or tomorrow (Nov. 1-2). American...
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El Tigre and the Parana Delta, Argentina (Where Gumbo was #158)

DrFumblefinger ·
A great day trip from Buenos Aires is to El Tigre. Settled during a yellow fever epidemic, it was a destination of escape for the well heeled. It still has a nice laid-back feel and is a great place to go for a stroll.
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Delta Updates Award Chart for 2015

Paul Heymont ·
Delta, which recently made a big change in how Skymiles are earned on flights, has made some little changes and one big one in how Skymiles can be used for flying in a new award chart that takes effect in 2015. The one big change is that members will...
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Delta: Cheap inflight WiFi for Smartphones

Paul Heymont ·
You can't make a call...but now you can text, check mail and browse the internet inflight on your smartphone for less. Delta has introduced $1.95 WiFi passes for cellphones, and others are sure to follow. DETAILS
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