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So far this year, airlines have raised prices five times (or five-and-a-half times, if you count the JetBlue-initiated hike of Oct. 9 which all other airlines bailed on except for JetBlue). See a chart of 2014′s hikes, including October’s three -in-a-row Most Hike Attempts Failed Either way, lots of hikes, right? Well, not necessarily. Not when … Read Airlines Keep Trying to Raise Ticket Prices. Why They Keep Failing.
There have been lots of airline stories lately about minor irritations escalating into big blow-ups, so the buzz about my recent ABC column on Charm School for Travelers doesn’t really surprise me. Some of the highlights and sample classes of my imaginary curriculum. LISTEN: Quiet, please. Etiquette class is now in session. Etiquette 101 – Don’t … Read Etiquette 101 for Airline Passengers and Flight AttendantsPosted In: Multimedia, Podcasts, Rick Seaney on ABC News, Tips and Tricks
I field all kinds of travel-related questions and here’s one that pops up now and again: “When will airlines allow phone calls on planes?” The answer is complicated; I’m tempted to say don’t hold your breath but in this ever-changing era of personal electronics and their ever-changing uses, never say never. Can You Make Voice … Read When Will Airlines Allow Phone Calls on Planes?Posted In: Rick Seaney on ABC News, Travel Safety
Not all of what follows is super-secret but you have to dig for some of it (often buried in the dense legalese of an airline’s contract of carriage). You might even stumble across some of these items on an airline’s website as I did. Some examples, in no particular order. LISTEN: Travel expert Rick Seaney … Read Airline Secrets: Little-known ways to save money (and aggravation)Posted In: Airline Fees, Airline News, Multimedia, Podcasts, Tips and Tricks
My latest savings motto: Buy your plane tickets one day earlier than you planned. LISTEN: Rick Seaney wants you to save money. Avoid the Last Minute Zone Actually, I’ve been spreading the word about this for years; the reason I’m bringing it up yet again is with the holidays around the corner and everyone so … Read Save on Airfare by Buying Tickets One Day Earlier than You PlannedPosted In: Airfare Analysis, Multimedia, Podcasts, Rick Seaney on ABC News