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  • Seniors on the Go: The change-fee gouge: Worse than you thought

    Seniors on the Go: The change-fee gouge: Worse than you thought
    The travel press has been full of reports that the four giant legacy lines -- American, Delta, United and US Airways -- just hiked the fees to re-issue "nonrefundable" tickets. The new fees are $200 for domestic travel and $250 to $300 for most...
  • Should this airline merger be allowed to fly?

    Should this airline merger be allowed to fly?
    The proposed merger between American Airlines and US Airways may not be a done deal, even if almost everyone is behaving as if it were. Although the combination, which would create the world's largest airline, has pushed back from the gate, it's still...
  • Virgin America aiming for IPO this year

    Virgin America aiming for IPO this year
    Virgin America, the California-based airline backed by billionaire Sir Richard Branson, is planning to go public this year now that the air carrier has two consecutive profitable quarters behind it. Investment banks Barclays and Deutsche Bank have...
  • Travel in 2013: Plastic confusion

    Travel in 2013: Plastic confusion
    This year, the big players in the travel payment marketplace will be pulling and hauling at each other for your business, and you may have to make some unexpected decisions. Credit card or debit card? New payment systems? A "digital wallet" in your...
  • Avoiding those airport lines -- at least some of the time

    Avoiding those airport lines -- at least some of the time
    Airport Security. The TSA has opened up enrollment in its "Precheck" DHS Trusted Traveler program to anyone who wants to join -- and pay the $85 fee for five years participation. As a Trusted Traveler, you are eligible to use the presumably-shorter...
  • They canceled my flight -- why do I have to pay?

    They canceled my flight -- why do I have to pay?
    When part of his flight itinerary changes, Bret Bickar is asked to pay a change fee in order to get back home. Is that unfair? He thinks so. His airline doesn't. Who's right? Q: We recently booked a one-way ticket from Los Angeles to San Francisco on...
  • Seniors on the Go: Air trips for unaccompanied minors

    Seniors on the Go: Air trips for unaccompanied minors
    Whether to meet visitation requirements in split families, to visit retired grandparents, to attend school, or some other reason, you sometimes need to arrange flights for young kids to travel on their own. All airlines have "unaccompanied minor"...
  • Routehappy: The latest airfare search system

    Routehappy: The latest airfare search system
    The new airfare search systems keep coming, and the incumbents keep adding features. Last week, I covered three new ones; here's still more. Routehappy.com claims to base its finding on how "happy" a flight will make you -- as well as how much it will...
  • Flying in 100 years? Nobody knows

    Flying in 100 years? Nobody knows
    On January 1, 1914, the first commercial flight in history took one paying passenger across Tampa Bay, from St. Petersburg to Tampa, in a two-seat seaplane. Several industry leaders took note of the coincident 100th anniversary of flight and this New...
  • The big merger: Business wins; consumers lose

    The big merger: Business wins; consumers lose
    Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice essentially caved on its attempt to block the merger between American Airlines and US Airways. It extracted a few face-saving concessions, declared victory and then folded its tent. The merger will now almost...
  • Routehappy seating report: The rear cabin

    Routehappy seating report: The rear cabin
    About 13 percent of U.S. domestic flights have coach/economy seats with at least one inch of extra legroom than the industry standard. That's the overall conclusion from a new study by Routehappy, the innovative flight search website that calculates a...