Major U.S. airlines ran to the government to try to quash competition and a better inflight product option for passengers. Their first attempt, with the Department of Transportation, may not be working. But their next play with TSA can be done in secret and stands a better chance.
It is time to end differential tax treatment for airfares versus fees, since that creates a perverse incentive to shift customer spending from fares into fees. Any politician who rails against airline fees without addressing the role they have in legislating the tax code is unserious.
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There’s been a tremendous increase in interest in Brisbane, a major Australian city near the Gold Coast. About a year and a half ago, United Airlines launched a non-stop from San Francisco – and then in the past two weeks we got announcements of new Brisbane service from both American Airlines (Dallas) and Delta (Los Angeles). That will mean a huge increase in seats between the U.S. and Brisbane. Competition is going to get bloody. How can this make sense?
Air China, which currently owns 30% of Cathay Pacific, is considering taking control of the Hong Kong-based airline. The Chinese flag carrier and Star Alliance member could cause a realignment of global airline alliances, moving Cathay from oneworld (American Airlines, British Airways) over to Star (United, Air Canada).
Good Morning America took on the question of whether or not it’s ok to recline your seat on a plane? Reclining makes a tight seat behind you even tighter, but the hosts ‘blame the airline’ for that. Honestly thought shouldn’t they blame the passenger, because that’s the product they purchased, rather than one that’s roomier?
Here’s the segment, and then the truth about reclining seats on planes.
I’ve cleaned out my wallet and I’m not carrying nearly as many credit cards on a daily basis any longer. Still, my wallet is a great window in the spending choices I make every day. What gets a wallet slot, and what cards I have but keep in a drawer, go a long way towards illustrating how I put my mileage and spending strategies into practice. Sharing this also adds a bit to my transparency as I cover credit card rewards.
Here’s a peek into what’s really going on behind the scenes of my daily spending life.
There’s something special about flying an international widebody plane like a Boeing 787 on a domestic flight. That’s doubly true when you’re flying up front. A lie flat seat in business class for a shorter trip is a real indulgence.
One passenger was upgraded on a 787 flying domestically within Canada and was given one of the two seats in the center section of the aircraft….