A quick trip on Southwest Airlines reminded me of the one thing legacy carriers don’t offer any of their fliers — consistency.
Frequent fliers and regular readers of Consumer Traveler are by now familiar with most of the things that can go wrong with joint tickets on airline partners. But, this recent Lufthansa/United debacle for one of my clients was a new one and resulted in his bag being checked onto a flight that didn’t exist; and, hadn’t existed for months.
I have no problem switching to help families or even adult couples out. One aisle to another, one window to another. My problem is when someone wants me to give up my window seat for a middle seat or my extra legroom seat for a seat way in the back. I think many travelers feel the same way. Here are 7 tips to keep that from happening.
Janice Hough has a better idea for which bags the airlines should be extracting fee for. It is not the first checked bag… Do you agree?
As carriers increasingly turn to partner carriers to expand their networks, more and more travelers are running afoul of dreaded “no mileage fares.” For travelers on legacy carriers, published fares are generally fine. And the only tickets that generally don’t accrue mileage are those booked on opaque sites like Priceline and some unpublished consolidator fares. However, with airline partners, many discount fares either give only fractional mileage or deny it altogether.
Even the most budget conscious travelers can find that nonrefundable isn’t always the best value in the long run. Here are seven examples of when it’s worth thinking before automatically booking nonrefundable fares.
The problem with vacationing at the end of the year — everyone else wants to do it. While most travel agents have some clients who book almost a year in advance to get exactly what they want, not everyone thinks that far ahead. And, in the fall, options are already very limited. Here are six tips for those who wait until the last minute.
The love-hate relationship that has evolved over the years between airlines and travel agents has been and will continue to be well-documented. Airlines have never been fond of paying commissions to travel agents, so they stopped. Now, airlines are actively poaching travel agent clients.
Most legacy carriers gave up on free food in coach a long time ago, although the onboard options are often less than exciting. They were often a last resort for travelers who don’t have time to buy something more interesting at the airport. So my guess is that these meals and snacks, while not inexpensive, are not a major profit center for the airlines. Now, Delta is testing a new wrinkle — premium meals with premium prices.