Tagged With "airline tax"

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Good News: Airlines losing fewer bags. Bad News if it's yours!

PHeymont ·
2013 marked the lowest level of lost bags in 10 years, way down from the peak in 2007. Credit goes to better barcoding, scanning and tracking. The most common problem—bags that don't make your next flight when you change planes—accounts...
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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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Condor Airlines sale to Europe as low as $170.00 OW

Travel Rob ·
Condor Airlines is having a sale to Europe until July 24th with prices starting at $169.99 one way
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Airlines' 2013 On-Time Record...oh, please!

PHeymont ·
On-time performance by U.S. airlines took a hit in Dec. 2013, with on-time arrivals dropping to below 70%. The Department of Transportation's figures include 16 major and regional carriers...but not Spirit or Allegiant. On-time arrival for the year...
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Ensure the Safety of the Airlines?

james ·
Travelling via the air is becoming more often for the explorers to explore the horizons of any part of the earth, then the reason or purpose of the visit does not matter. For the ones who think a lot about money before travelling to other shores, the headache is lowered down to some extent by the wide span of the airline network. The widespread of airlines have eventually affected the airfares, if not much, but yes to some extent. The lowering down of the air tickets arise other questions...
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Re: Just how much tax is in your ticket?

Ron B. ·
My recent, free Air France ticket - LA to Paris to Barcelona and then Venice to Paris to LA the tax was $577.97.
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Re: Just how much tax is in your ticket?

DrFumblefinger ·
Originally Posted by Ron B.: My recent, free Air France ticket - LA to Paris to Barcelona and then Venice to Paris to LA the tax was $577.97. That's a lot of travel, Ron, but it certainly makes one relook at the definition of "free".
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Re: Airfare: Expedia takes a look at the numbers

PHeymont ·
Careful how loud you say that, DrF! Some government will see a new tax opportunity...
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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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Re: I get to Boomerang to Spain ! Cheap !

GarryRF ·
Wonderful piece of planning WorkerBee ! Missing off London to avoid the $18 Departure Tax for Spain seems a bit severe. I presume your return journey is more direct.
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Re: I get to Boomerang to Spain ! Cheap !

Former Member ·
$ 18 ? I am puzzled by this. When I have taken flights from London to the US, the tax has been more like $ 150 - $ 200. It was worth it to spend time in London, of course. Still, it was not a small amount.
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Re: I get to Boomerang to Spain ! Cheap !

GarryRF ·
The UK departure tax is "Banded" into distances and economy / regular / 1st class. London - Spain is only a short distance.
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I get to Boomerang to Spain ! Cheap !

WorkerBee ·
I am traveling Spring 2014 from the US to Spain. I wanted to use my American Airlines frequent flier (AAdvantage) miles to best advantage, so to speak. I learned that it is possible to incorporate free domestic layovers into my journey. As I have family in Dallas, that intrigued me. AA's website showed available flights from San Francisco (SFO) to Madrid (MAD) that connect through Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago, New York or Miami. AAdvantage rules require that the layover stops must be on...
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Airlines, Airports split over new fees

PHeymont ·
You'd think the airlines had never heard of a fee they didn't like, but now they've found one. Maybe what they don't like about it is that the money goes to airports, not airlines. The charge, which the airlines call a "tax" is the Passenger Facility...
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Re: Chinese Airlines Looking for Bigger Share of Int'l Service

PortMoresby ·
I have, indeed, noticed that Chinese airlines (China Eastern, China Southern) that I've used domestically or from other Asian countries to China, appearing on fare searches lately, usually with very competitive fares. I intend to pay closer attention. Thanks P.
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Re: Flying this week? Check your Airline!

GarryRF ·
As "Climate Change" continues to keep Western Europe in a warm Caribbean breeze - then crossing the pond will be fine. Presuming - of course - you get a take off from America !
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Re: $6 BILLION in bag and change fees!

DrFumblefinger ·
I'm not sure if it's a great business model to make most of your profits by annoying your customers. I think many have gotten their heads around the baggage fee (note coincidentally the increase in the number and size of bags rolling onto a plane), but some of the airline change fees are obscene. I point to Southwest airlines as one that still does the right thing. You get to check one bag without a fee. And ff you can't make your flight, they give you a credit on the airfare good up to one...
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Re: Hello Kitty is top draw for Taiwan-based EVA airline

DrFumblefinger ·
I could see planes like this being very popular with families traveling with small children. Anything that distracts the kids is good for the parents!
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Re: Hello Kitty is top draw for Taiwan-based EVA airline

PHeymont ·
If my circle of friends is any indication, it's not the kids who are drawn to Miss Kitty!
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Re: Airbus celebrates 10,000 planes

DrFumblefinger ·
That's quite a landmark! Congratulations to Airbus for contributing to our collective travel experiences.
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Thanksgiving Flyers: More than 25 Million!

PHeymont ·
According to industry source Airlines for America, domestic airlines expect 25.1 million passengers over the Thanksgiving break--more than last year, and almost equal to 1 in every 12 Americans. With that many on the road, who's cooking the turkey?...
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KLM speeds boarding

DrFumblefinger ·
One of the most tedious processes or air travel, besides the TSA screening process, is boarding of aircraft.  Royal Dutch airline, KLM, will begin a new boarding program at it's Schiphol hub.  Here's that link.
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Airline Seats Shrink While Passengers Expand

PHeymont ·
Airlines have recently begun replacing many of their seats with lighter, slimmer seats that allow them to either offer more legroom or...surprise!...jam in more seats. As this article from the Sydney Morning Herald points out, it's not just that space...
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Say it isn't so! Southwest to charge for bags???

DrFumblefinger ·
There are only two domestic airlines in the US that don't charge for checked bags -- Southwest and JetBlue.  Will Southwest start charging a baggage fee?  Click on this link to read more
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The World's Best Airlines

DrFumblefinger ·
Conde Naste has published this year's Reader's Choice Awards, a broad range of awards but the one people most notice are the ranking of airlines.  This year's top international airline, yet again, is Singapore Airlines.  This year's top...
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Blizzard May Disrupt Northeast Travel: think Plan B

PHeymont ·
Heavy weather in the Northeast may disrupt travel plans, and not only in and out of the area, as airlines move planes around to avoid being grounded in the area. If you're traveling in the next couple of days, check with your airline on conditions and...
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AA "new tail" wins in close employee vote

PHeymont ·
By a margin of just over 2000 votes out of 60,000, American Airlines workers voted to keep the new tail design the airline adopted shortly before the AA/USAir merger. There's a while to go before it's everywhere: Painting a whole fleet takes time, and...
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Airlines on a Plane-Buying Spree; Older Planes Retiring

PHeymont ·
Worldwide, airlines are buying newer, more fuel-efficient planes that fly farther on less fuel and have more of the amenities travelers demand. It's often cheaper to buy new planes than to invest in heavy maintenance and upgrades. So, it was goodbye...
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Chinese Airlines Looking for Bigger Share of Int'l Service

PHeymont ·
With nearly 100 million Chinese traveling abroad in the last year, China's airlines are looking to expand their share of the business with more planes, more destinations and more promotions. Up to now, most Chinese airlines have focused on the...
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New technology will track flights every 15 minutes

PHeymont ·
Map of theoretical search areas for MH370. New technology would track planes every 15 minutes   A new system that will "ping" flights every 15 minutes, and could have helped located missing flights such as last year's Malaysia MH370, is on the...
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What to do to stay clean and not get sick on an airline

Travel Rob ·
In the last couple of months there's been a slew of articles about how dirty planes really are and what passengers can do to stay clean and not get sick. Tips given are steering clear of coffee, tea and anything that requires tap water because the tanks are hard to clean and have a higher likelihood of bacteria. And clean food trays and seat back trays with anti bacterial wipes because they are often used as baby changing stations. I've also read to bring your own blanket, because they are...
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Southwest Airlines announces 'Pay with Amazon' option onboard

Travel Rob ·
Southwest announced that it will let passengers pay onboard for certain services using their Amazon account.
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One great leap for an airline: Leap day birthday for WestJet

PHeymont ·
Canada's big little discount airline has its 20th birthday today—or maybe its 5th, since it started service on Leap Day 1996.
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Allegiant takes on biggest expansion

PHeymont ·
Allegiant, one of the 'ultra-low-cost' carriers, is taking its biggest single-shot expansion, with three new cities and 22 new routes, including some from its existing cities. Adding Santa Rosa, CA, Albuquerque and Evansville, IN brings the carrier to a total of 114 cities. The additions come only weeks after Allegiant added Baltimore and El Paso. The recent additions mark a change for Allegiant, which formerly focused on a group of core cities, and avoided competing at the largest airports.
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Still a future for Virgin America?

PHeymont ·
Alaska Airlines may continue to operate its Virgin America as a separate brand, similar to major European carriers such as Air France/KLM.
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Spirit wants to make nice to customers...sort of

PHeymont ·
Spirit still plans to charge a fee for everything, down to a cup of soda, but hopes to win points by getting there on time, and by smiling more.
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Brexit fallout: fewer flights for Britain

PHeymont ·
Expected drop in demand because of a falling British pound lead airlines to adjust winter schedules.
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Newark's moving up on airline radar

PHeymont ·
FAA has eased slot restrictions at Newark, leading to new carriers coming in and Alaska adding three new cities from the field.
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Alaska Airlines to add Premium Economy seating

DrFumblefinger ·
Alaska Airlines to add Premium Economy section in 2016.
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An airline seat that twists to match your best position

PHeymont ·
A new idea for airline seats: Imitate the human spine and make the seat fit the passenger instead of forcing the passenger into the seat. Read more within...
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How safe is your airline? The best and worst lists

PHeymont ·
Qantas tops the list in a year that saw fewer accidents and fatalities than the 10-year average.
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Airlines expected to post record profits for 2015

DrFumblefinger ·
Looks like 2015 may prove to be an all time record profitable year for the airlines.
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Southwest's hot sale: Under $50 flights

PHeymont ·
Southwest Airlines is holding a 72-hour sale with some big bargains, but you'd better hurry if you want to grab them!
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Airlines Ramp up to Meet Demand

PHeymont ·
After a few years of reducing flights to force full planes, rising demand has caught up with the airlines, and they are adding planes and seats. According to this Forbes report, all of the major U.S. carriers have increased their "flying capacity"...
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Seat Wars break out in the air...

PHeymont ·
At least three U.S. planes have been diverted for unscheduled landings recently due to fights between passengers over an increasingly scarce commodity: seat space. Full planes and airline moves to add more seats have intensified the issue. Most...
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Flying this week? Check your Airline!

PHeymont ·
With more winter storms this week, thousands of flights are being canceled...and yours might be affected. The cancellations don't only affect areas that are snowed in, because airlines protect the network by not flying planes into areas where they...
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Check your tickets: Industry turbulence changes schedules!

PHeymont ·
Most airlines sell tickets starting about 11 months ahead of flight time...but keep checking. It's not just bad weather that's causing rescheduling—airline mergers lead to changing schedules (sometimes by as much as 12 hours) or to flights no...
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Ouch! Airline Satisfaction barely ahead of taxes!

PHeymont ·
Airlines barely beat out the IRS to avoid the bottom spot in customer satisfaction last year, according to this report from the Chicago Tribune . Even top-rated JetBlue and Southwest slipped in their rankings. Surprising to some, American/USAir...
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Want to Pilot an A330? Here's Your Chance!

PHeymont ·
Well, sort of. Hawaiian Airlines is training its pilots, and some from other airlines, on a full-size, full-control simulator in Honolulu that's so realistic it left a Skift reporter who went along stunned that he was still in Hawaii when the "ride"...
 
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