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Southwest: ‘No New Bag Fees’

July 30, 2015 |

Last month, JetBlue’s imposition of fees for the first checked bag left just a single U.S. airline without such a fee, Southwest.

Which raised the inevitable question: Would Southwest succumb to pressure from Wall Street to follow JetBlue’s lead and … Read More

Discounted InterContinental Points Can Be Rewarding

July 30, 2015 |

Buying loyalty-program points from airlines or hotel chains is normally a sucker’s move, highly profitable for the seller but a lousy deal for the buyer.

There are, however, occasional promotions than effectively lower the price of points and shift the … Read More

Wine Enthusiast’s 10 Best Airline Wine Programs

July 29, 2015 |

If the travails of travel have driven you to drink, you’re in good company. But if wine is your preferred libation, your options are limited.

With the combination of pressure to cut costs by serving cheapo vino and the challenge … Read More

Feds Scrutinize Airlines for Price-Gouging

July 29, 2015 |

On May 12, Amtrak’s Regional Train Number 188 went off the rails in Philadelphia, forcing many passengers on the heavily-traveled New York-Washington route to continue their trips by air. What the stranded travelers found when they attempted to book flights, … Read More

Will Congress Limit Bag Fees to $4.50?

July 28, 2015 | 2

How much to check your bag: $20, $25, $30, or more?

How about $4.50?

That’s what Rep. John Mica, a Florida Republican, is proposing in a bill now being considered in the House of Representatives.

The legislation, entitled the “Baggage … Read More

Delta Offers Elites the Ultimate Upgrade, to a Private Jet

July 28, 2015 |

With Delta’s new-for-2015 revenue-based loyalty program, the airline has made its marketing priorities clear: Plenty of miles and upgrades for its most profitable customers; very little for the other 98 percent.

That theme was reiterated with yesterday’s reveal of the … Read More

PointBreaks: Free IHG Nights for Just 5,000 Points

July 27, 2015 |

IHG Rewards today released its latest list of PointBreaks hotels that are available for booking for just 5,000 points per night.

Offer Details

Beginning on July 27, IHG Rewards members can book award nights for 5,000 points at around 160 … Read More

Win a 4-Night Disney Cruise for 4 to the Bahamas

July 27, 2015 |

Enter the Twinings Tea “Cruise” sweepstakes by September 15, 2015, for a chance to win the grand prize: a four-night cruise to the Bahamas for four persons aboard the Disney Dream ship, departing from Port Canaveral, Florida, including air, ground … Read More

Weekly Recap: A Fee for Priority Deplaning, Airline Sadism, & More

July 24, 2015 |

Following is our regular summary of the latest travel news and best frequent traveler promotions reviewed during the past week.

If it was a good deal—or a notably bad deal—from an airline, hotel, or car rental loyalty program, you can … Read More

Delta Discounts Paid and Award Tickets

July 24, 2015 |

Delta isn’t known for either the frequency or the generosity of its SkyMiles award discounts. In the past, they’ve been few and far between, and less than compelling.

With its new sale on both paid and award tickets, announced today, … Read More

The 8 Best (and Worst) Travel Apps

July 23, 2015 | 2

Betting that the future lies in mobile booking, the travel industry is investing untold millions in developing and refining mobile apps. So far, the results are decidedly mixed, with some apps overdelivering on the promise of usability and elegance, while … Read More

Airlines ‘Delighted’ to Make Flying Painful

July 23, 2015 |

Does it sometimes seem like the airlines not only make travel an unpleasant experience but that they positively revel in travelers’ pain? Turns out you were right.

Speaking on behalf of all airlines, Jeff Smisek, United’s CEO, admitted the ugly … Read More