March 2013

We have three different airline quandaries to ponder. How should frequent flier miles be awarded? Can TWA flight attendants have a second chance to get seniority back when AA merges with USAir? And, will the airlines ever start to charge for airline tickets by passenger weight?

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As a bankruptcy solution the merger of American Airlines with US Airways is a wonderful solution. Creditors are made whole, stockholders do not lose all of the value of their stocks (though it has been dramatically reduced) and the business of aviation can continue. However, there is the messy business about how this merger will affect consumers.

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JetBlue starts BOS-HOU service, Delta partners with Major League Baseball, Lufthansa blasts US cuts

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Instead of calling or lining up or even going online to have an agent rebook a flight where there has been some kind of travel disruption, travelers now get messages about possible or probable missed connections, along with a new alternate flight. The rebooking systems are good but, by no means, perfect.

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Travelers say airport security less stressful than healthy eating, AA/US Airways merger approved, FAA may restrict 787 flights

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A Greyhound bus, which originated in Minneapolis, left a group of passengers at a closed station in the middle of the night. The passengers huddled together outside the closed building. Singh opened his luggage and added layer upon layer of clothes in an effort to keep warm. This isn’t right.

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IHG hotels to offer free Wi-Fi, Boeing 787 takes to the sky to test batteries, using electronic devices during take-off and landing

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United is betting that both improving and reducing the number of premium seats will increase the number of people who will actually pay for those seats.

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Cooking oil partly powers KLM jets, Boeing readies 787s for coming fixes, FAA to pare down list of towers scheduled to close

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Often when we travel to cities, there are wonderful locations and sights to visit not on the “top attraction” lists. Ned Levi has a recommendation for one of those sights in Los Angeles, the Watts Towers, an often overlooked location despite it being on the US National Register of Historic Places, and a National Historic Landmark.

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