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Now that the bankruptcy judge has approved the merger of American Airlines and US Airways, the last hurdle is gone and shortly the two airlines will merge. Ned Levi examines who the winners and losers are as the merger is completed.

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US Airways to join oneworld, wrong plane appears in ad, holiday foods you can bring through security

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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 And the only tickets that generally don’t accrue mileage are those booked on opaque sites like Priceline and some unpublished consolidator fares.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.

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AA backed by oneworld partners, airline alliances changing, airline’s biggest risk could be the food

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Should passengers start thinking about a merged USAiways and American Airlines? Any merger will take a long time, but some changes will come sooner than later and the frequent flier tie-ups and awards programs will be some the first to change.

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Ned Levi thought purchasing airline tickets with upgraded economy seating would be easy. It wasn’t. Ned discusses the difficulties he encountered purchasing airline tickets, with upgraded economy seating, through a travel agent, and also directly on an airline website. The difficulties were bad enough on the airline website, that the ticked purchased ended up being on a different airline than originally anticipated.

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The rise of airline alliances has effectively reduced the control of more than 80 percent of transatlantic flights to three competitors. The EU is taking a closer look.

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Keeping track of domestic airlines in trouble is relatively straightforward, but with foreign carriers, it’s harder to get information. For the travel agent community, one thing that generally makes an airline seem like a safer bet is being a U.S. airline’s code-share partner. Not any more.

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Janice Hough tells a story about a code-share flight between Lufthansa and United gone bad. This one for a member of United’s top tier frequent flier program, flying first class. It happens to the front of the plane too.

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American launches new iPhone app, domestic airfares rise in first quarter, Shanghai Air to leave Star Alliance

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