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Alaska Airlines joins other carriers in charging more to check bags

October 20, 2018 |

Alaska Airlines, the plucky Seattle-based carrier that has won numerous customer satisfaction awards, is following the lead of its much larger rivals by increasing the fees it charges to check bags.

Starting with tickets bought Dec. 5, Alaska Airlines will raise checked bag fees to $ 30 from $ 25…


L.A. Times – Business

United Airlines says it won’t change its policy about carry-on bags for basic economy fliers

October 19, 2018 |

If you pay a bare-bones basic economy fare on United Airlines, don’t expect the carrier to cut you a break on your carry-on luggage.

The Chicago-based carrier has announced that it won’t follow the lead of its rival, American Airlines, which began in September to allow basic economy fliers to pack…


L.A. Times – Business

If you’re a ‘non-elite,’ expect to wait around when American Airlines cancels or delays a flight

October 13, 2018 |

American Airlines is taking some heat after an internal memo leaked telling employees that their first priority during delays or cancellations should be to get elite passengers to their destinations, even if it means using a competing airline, but economy passengers shouldn’t get that option.

The…


L.A. Times – Business

United Airlines raises requirements for loyalty reward program’s most elite premium status

October 10, 2018 |

Starting next year, United Airlines will make it more difficult to reach the MileagePlus plans’ most elite status level — Premier 1K — but the carrier is offering a new perk for such top-tier fliers.

Starting Jan. 1, members of the loyalty reward program must spend a minimum of $ 15,000 and accumulate…


L.A. Times – Business

United Airlines waives service fees for boards on flights to and from California

October 8, 2018 |

Surfers rejoice: United Airlines is trying to win over wave riders by waiving the usual service fees for checking surfboards, paddle boards and wakeboards on all flights in and out of the Golden State.

That doesn’t mean surfers leaving or flying to California get to check their boards for free….


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First it was bag fees. Now American Airlines is raising the cost of — gasp — booze

September 30, 2018 |

A week after American Airlines raised its checked bag fees, the world’s largest carrier announced it will also hike the cost of beer, wine and spirits by $ 1.

Starting Oct. 1, the cost of a beer for passengers in the main cabin will rise to $ 8, while the price of wine and other spirits will increase…


L.A. Times – Business

Alaska Airlines offers virtual reality entertainment, but only for a select few passengers

September 29, 2018 |

If virtual reality goggles can let a wearer escape humdrum reality for a more visually exciting world, it is no wonder that airlines are beginning to offer VR entertainment on long-haul flights.

After all, what is more humdrum than a cramped airline seat and stale cabin air?

Alaska Airlines said…


L.A. Times – Business

United Airlines tested a new boarding process at LAX; now it’s being used worldwide

September 22, 2018 |

After a 30-day testing period at Los Angeles International Airport, United Airlines has expanded a new boarding procedure that is designed to reduce passenger confusion.

“The boarding process was one of the top areas customers told us they wanted improved,” said Sarah Murphy, United vice president…


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Alaska Airlines’ new bare-bones airfare will likely put you in a middle seat in the back

September 21, 2018 |

To compete with ultra-low-cost carriers such as Spirit and Frontier, the country’s largest airlines have over the last few years begun selling dirt-cheap fares that come with a long list of restrictions.

Now, Alaska Airlines, the nation’s fifth-biggest carrier, plans to join its much bigger rivals,…


L.A. Times – Business

Lawmakers ask 11 major airlines to justify ‘fee gouging’

September 8, 2018 |

The news that JetBlue and United Airlines have raised fees for checked bags and some flight cancellations has provoked the ire of two U.S. senators and a congressman who are calling for “relief from this fee gouging.”

Sens. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Rep. Steve…


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