A little over two years ago the two giant airlines had a fight and decided they would no longer agree to help each other out when they had stranded travelers (from weather cancellations, etc). This last week the two airlines decided to kiss and make-up and announced a new ticketing and baggage agreement that allows both airlines to re-accommodate customers during irregular operations, like winter storms. This is fantastic news for travelers as if you have a ticket on Delta and your flight is canceled by a storm, Delta is able to rebook you on American (if American has space) and vice versa. Prior to this announcement, United Airlines was the only airline able to rebook their customers on AA and DL. Now all three airlines can rebook on each other. Hip Hip Hooray!
Don’t fly Frontier, Spirit, or Allegiant or risk being stranded for 4 days or more –
After reading the above article about how DL, AA and UA are all able to re-accommodate passengers during irregular operations (snow storms, etc.), you now understand my warning about flying low-cost airlines during the winter months and busy holiday travel seasons. Simply put, it is just not smart as a simple weather event, cancelation or mechanical problem can leave you stranded for days. During holiday travel windows (one week around each holiday) the planes are all 100% full. This means that if a low-cost airline has a weather or mechanical problem there is no alternative flight to put you on as these airlines do not reciprocate with other airlines to provide alternate flights for stranded passengers. I for one will do everything I can to avoid these low-cost airlines as I refuse to accept the liability that comes with saving $20.
Airlines will try to raise fares this spring to deal with rising fuel prices –
The airlines have been swimming in money the last two years as fuel prices fell from $150 a barrel to $30 a barrel. Well, this last year fuel prices have risen from $30 to $70 and the airline stocks have fallen like a rock as the big 3 airlines (AA, DL, UA) will each have to pay over a billion dollars more for fuel costs this year. The good news for the airlines is that the economy is riding a rocket ship upward that will keep businesses and vacation travelers traveling. If the airlines are to maintain their profits they will try really hard this spring to raise prices. My advice? Buy your tickets early this year as prices only have one way to go and that is UP!
Luxury travel is now for the middle class –
The difference between staying at a 4 or 5-star luxury hotel/resort versus a 3-star run-of-the-mill hotel is now only about a $100 – $200 a night. Most vacation travelers take only one major vacation a year. People are now realizing that if they are going to travel they are going to do it up right and go, first class. This is one area that will set the whole tone of how much you enjoy your vacation. Don’t be penny wise and pound foolish. Move up to a luxury hotel on your next vacation.
Three weeks ago I predicted that airlines would start charging a $10 service fee for using a credit card –
Just last week it was announced that more and more airlines in Europe are charging fees for purchasing a ticket on a credit card. With the airlines in the U.S. under a lot of financial pressure, I think they will follow their brethren in Europe very soon and launch a new credit card fee. Once one airline does it they will all follow like dominos. I expect Frontier or Allegiant to try it first and then “Katie bar the door” as all the other airlines will then have a reason to play “follow the leader.” Credit card fees are the next big pot of gold the airlines can attack to move profits back in a positive direction. Charging a fee to pay for tickets is not a question of “if” but a question of “when”. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. I hope I am wrong.
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