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Delta Flyers Bid on Bumping Compensation

January 6th, 2011 · Comments Off on Delta Flyers Bid on Bumping Compensation

Alex at Marginal Revolution shared a photo of what Delta’s been doing to figure out how to compensate bumped passengers – they’re having customers bid when they check in. Gone are the days when they try to guess… throwing out free flights, $300 vouchers, $500 vouchers, etc. Now they’ll just pick the cheapest and work […]

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New Southwest Drink Coupons

December 1st, 2010 · Comments Off on New Southwest Drink Coupons

I just earned my 15th and 16th credits in the Southwest Rapid Rewards program, earning me two Rapid Reward vouchers, and they kindly sent me a friendly letter that included my drink coupons. As I opened it up, I noticed the letter lacked the thickness normally associated with the drink booklet inside. Over the years, […]

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Southwest Reports Record Revenues, Cites Lack of Fees

August 1st, 2010 · Comments Off on Southwest Reports Record Revenues, Cites Lack of Fees

Southwest reported record revenue earnings in the second quarter of 2010 and their CEO, Gary Kelly, attributed it to “success to the company’s policy of not charging for bags and excellent customer service offered by employees.” As someone who flies Southwest regularly, mostly on shorter flights under two hours, I can say that I’ve flown […]

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RyanAir: Stand Up “Seats” for £5, Restrooms £1

July 1st, 2010 · 1 Comment

A lot of media outlets have made fun of the idea RyanAir is floating – charging £1 for passengers to use the lavatory during a flight but it actually makes sense. By adding that fee, people are more likely to use the restroom prior to getting on the plane, thus making it a little bit […]

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Another Reason to Skip Airline Food

July 1st, 2010 · Comments Off on Another Reason to Skip Airline Food

It’s been a while since I’ve flown an airline that offered a meal and it turns out I was doing myself a favor. In a recent FDA report, as reported by USA Today, it was revealed that the meals served by major airlines are prepared in “unsanitary and unsafe conditions that could lead to illness.” […]

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Beware Disgruntled Pilots (Spirit Pilots Strike)

June 13th, 2010 · Comments Off on Beware Disgruntled Pilots (Spirit Pilots Strike)

It seems that more and more often, one of the biggest risks in flying these days is having flight staff go on strike or an airline go bankrupt. This weekend, Spirit Airlines canceled Saturday and Sunday flights because of a pilot strike. 16,000 passengers across 150 flights were refunded their fares, given a $100 credit […]

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Delta SkyMiles Cardholders: First Checked Bag Free

May 6th, 2010 · Comments Off on Delta SkyMiles Cardholders: First Checked Bag Free

Delta Air Lines announced today that starting June 1st, they will waive the first checked bag fee for Delta SkyMiles cardmembers for up to 9 people on the same reservation. Delta’s first checked bag fee is $50, so that’s a $50 savings each way per person. This is a pretty nice perk if you already […]

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Clear Registered Traveler Program Revived

May 5th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Last year, the Clear Registered Traveler program was shuttered but may see new life as a new company, AlClear, purchased its assets out of bankruptcy last month. For a cool $6 million, AlClear purchased everything except for the individual contracts with airport operators, which means the rollout of the program will take a bit of […]

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Continental and United Airlines Merger

May 4th, 2010 · Comments Off on Continental and United Airlines Merger

It was announced recently that Continental and United Airlines would be merging to form the largest domestic airline carrier in the United States. The New York Times Bucks blog did some research to find out what would happen to your frequent flyer miles on each airline and came away with some good news. While it’s […]

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National Park Week: Free Admission to National Parks

March 31st, 2010 · Comments Off on National Park Week: Free Admission to National Parks

Did you know that there are nearly four hundred national parks? Did you know that all of them will offer free admission during National Park Week? Yep! National Park Week, April 17th to April 25th, is a program put on by the National Park Service and an opportunity for families to experience our nation’s parks […]

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