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Airlines have best quarter ever ... thanks baggage fees!

Airlines have best quarter ever ... thanks baggage fees! Dec 20th, 2010 at 3:30PM: Every time you pay to check an extra bag you're making someone's life better. The latest data from the U.S. Department of Transportation reveals that the third quarter of 2010 was the most profitable for the U.S. airline industry since the department began keeping score in 2002. The industry's operating profit margin hit 10.5 percent in aggregate. Low-cost carriers, as a class, had an operating...

Review: Balanzza Mini Luggage Scale - avoid nasty surprises at the airport!

Review: Balanzza Mini Luggage Scale - avoid nasty surprises at the airport! Oct 15th, 2010 at 1:30PM: Traveling with bags means trying to stay one step ahead of the airlines - and staying one step ahead of them, means knowing exactly how heavy your bags are. There no nothing more annoying than arriving at the airport, only to discover that you overpacked, and will either have to pay up, remove some items or move items between bags. To help prevent these nasty surprises, you could consider...

Flying Wizz Air, European low-cost airline

Flying Wizz Air, European low-cost airline Sep 13th, 2010 at 10:00AM: I just flew with Wizz Air, a major budget airline in Europe whose name and stunts I had previously only snickered over. It turns out in addition to offering low fares across Europe, they are also the largest carrier in Hungary (at least according to Wizz, Malev Hungarian would beg to differ) and a major player in Poland, Romania, and Bulgaria. Last week I traveled to Bulgaria (look for some...

Irish Minister's fury over Ryanair $120 baggage fee

Irish Minister's fury over Ryanair $120 baggage fee Jun 2nd, 2010 at 10:30AM: Ryanair has yet again managed to make the news with their outrageous fees - though this time, they may have annoyed the wrong person. For the busy summer season, Ryanair passengers will have to pay £5 more for their checked luggage - making the first checked bag £20 ($29) , and second bag £40 ($58). The real kicker comes when you are unable to check in online - which will...

What? You're still paying the airlines to carry your bags?

What? You're still paying the airlines to carry your bags? Jan 19th, 2010 at 10:30AM: Now that the airlines have raised, yet again, their fees for checked bags, it's time to take another look at the alternative: shipping your bags, or better yet (if you're staying in one place once you arrive) just the contents of your bag ahead of your arrival using economical ground shipping services. Why deal with the airlines, when UPS Ground and FedEx Ground offer better tracking, insurance...

Passengers left without luggage because of airlines refusal to pay overtime

Passengers left without luggage because of airlines refusal to pay overtime Dec 20th, 2009 at 1:30PM: Oh how the mighty have fallen. A decade ago, British Airways referred to itself as "the world's favorite airline". Now, they are quickly becoming the world's worst. After their planned strike was canceled, it became obvious that staff morale was at an all time low - something that became painfully obvious last Friday night at London Heathrow. A flight arriving from Prague got into the airport...

Airline recession will continue into 2010, good news for passengers

Airline recession will continue into 2010, good news for passengers Dec 16th, 2009 at 4:00PM: The airline industry must be excited to see 2009 coming to a close. It was a year of route cuts, perk cuts and abuse from passengers over all kinds of sacrifices in the cabin ... and a genuine commitment to fees for extra bags. The global financial crisis triggered in September 2008 hit the travel industry with extra severity, forcing airlines, famous for not being able to generate easy profits...

Airline fee backfires: skycaps win in Massachusetts court

Airline fee backfires: skycaps win in Massachusetts court Aug 6th, 2009 at 8:00AM: When American Airlines started to charge a $2 fee for curbside baggage check-in, the skycaps lost their tips. Passengers were accustomed to paying $2 or so, it seems, and weren't going to amp up the cash flow just because the money was going into a different pocket. So, nine Logan Airport skycaps – current and former – just came into $325,000, thanks to the Massachusetts Supreme...

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