Southwest Plane

Southwest Hikes Fee for Early Boarding, Better Seats

Airlines don’t normally publicize fee hikes so we failed to notice Southwest’s EarlyBird fee jumped from $12.50 to $15 last month; luckily one of our alert readers did spot it. So is the higher-priced fee still worth it? LISTEN: It sure can be worth it, says travel expert Rick Seaney. Southwest… Read More

American Airlines plane flying.

American Airlines Drops Most Traditional Airfare Sales – At Least for Now

FareCompare’s Deals Blog has publicized a wide variety of sales from U.S. and international carriers for nearly a decade but we have seen no ‘traditional’ flight-only airfare sales from American Airlines since December. What’s up? New marketing strategy. LISTEN: Airfare expert Rick Seaney adds his 2+ cents. American “Rethinking” Traditional Sales FareCompare contacted American and received this response by email:… Read More

Best of the Bunch

Best and Worst Airlines in the U.S. – Surprise!

According to the 2016 edition of the Airline Quality Rating report, the best airline in the U.S. is Virgin America. Take a bow, Virgin but hurry. The Virgin America brand may soon disappear thanks to its recently-announced acquisition by Alaska Airlines. Best and Worst Airlines in the U.S. In case you’re wondering,… Read More

Alasks Airlines New Look

What the Alaska, Virgin America Merger Means for Flyers

“Merger mania is not over,” says air travel expert and FareCompare CEO Rick Seaney and the latest example is the recently announced union of stodgy (Alaska) and stylish (Virgin America) or what Seaney calls “old school consumer vs. new school consumer.” Neither description does either airline justice but beyond that,… Read More

trying to get to the plane

Even Elite Passengers Can’t Escape All Airline Bag Fees

Interesting report from Skift notes changes in airline baggage policies for elite passengers – and by elite, we mean the most frequent of flyers who spend a lot of money. Airline Bag Fees for Elite Passengers Skift points out changes at American Airlines: “Until this week, passengers flying domestically in… Read More

Baggage

When Airlines Break Your Bags: Your Rights

A few years back, musician Dave Schneider boarded a Delta flight after checking his vintage Gibson guitar (estimated value $10,000). It broke. The airline initially balked at any kind of reimbursement but ultimately agreed to pay for repairs after the story went viral. [Don’t miss the video below.] Best #LuggageFails… Read More