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What the Southwest Airlines/Airtran merger means for consumers

What the Southwest Airlines/Airtran merger means for consumers

September 27, 2010 · , ,

Southwest Airlines announced today that it will acquire AirTran for about $1.42 billion. The move will put Southwest in head-to-head competition with Delta Air Lines in Delta’s home base of Atlanta. Here’s what to expect: 1. Good news for Airtran passengers and travel to/from/through Atlanta in general. Southwest has better service than Airtran, and lower [...]

Choosing a seat on a plane: Not just about legroom

Choosing a seat on a plane: Not just about legroom

Choosing a seat on an airplane isn’t just about legroom anymore. New “selection” fees and extra charges to sit in certain locations in the aircraft have complicated the process. With airlines now charging for things that used to be baked into the ticket price — a strategy known as unbundling — they’re dinging passengers for [...]

Southwest Airlines launches Boston-Philadelphia flights

Southwest Airlines launches Boston-Philadelphia flights

June 28, 2010 · , ,

Southwest Airlines is expanding at Logan International Airport. The Texas-based carrier has just launched service to Philadelphia that will put it in direct competition with US Airways, which has long had a hub in the city. With five daily nonstop flights, Philadelphia becomes the fifth city Southwest will serve from Boston. In less than a [...]

Frontier Airlines to let small pets fly for $75

Frontier Airlines to let small pets fly for $75

May 12, 2010 · ,

Frontier Airlines says it will let customers carry small pets on board, but it will cost more than some of the fares that Frontier charges its two-legged passengers. The airline said Wednesday it would let passengers bring along their small dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters or small birds for $75 each way. That matches [...]

Southwest Airlines launches 72-hour Philadelphia sale

Southwest Airlines launches 72-hour Philadelphia sale

Southwest Airlines on Tuesday launched a 72-hour fare sale for flights between Philadelphia and three cities, a step in its plan to grab customers from major Philly competitor US Airways. Fares are available for travel between Philadelphia and Raleigh/Durham, N.C. starting at $30 each way, between Philadelphia and Chicago for $60 each way and between [...]

Airlines grapple with fat flier issue

Airlines grapple with fat flier issue

When film director Kevin Smith was recently kicked off a flight because of his size, he focused his anger on Southwest, but the incident put the spotlight on all airlines and their heavy passenger policies. Smith said that he had no trouble buckling his seat belt and lowering his armrests on the flight Saturday and [...]

Airlines’ attempt to increase fares fizzles

Airlines’ attempt to increase fares fizzles

Low-cost airlines did not hike fares, forcing major airlines to pull back U.S. airlines’ second attempt of 2010 to raise ticket prices has fizzled, with major carriers pulling back fares over the long holiday weekend, according to Farecompare. Last week, UAL Corp’s United Airlines increased fares by $10 per round-trip, and other top carriers followed [...]

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