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How Safe Are Your Frequent Flier Miles?

If you're a fan of frequent flier miles, and the carrier you fly most goes bust, what should you do? Stick with the airline, or make a change? And what about your points? Are they still worth anything? Don't worry, American Airlines loyalists -- the answers aren't as dismal as you might expect.

Trapped Outside Paradise at Denver International Airport

How hard can it be to get a really good chicken walnut sandwich at Denver International Airport? Depending on when you land, a lot harder than you'd guess. And it's not just Denver: The problem of airport restaurants that are closed when passengers are still arriving is irritatingly widespread.

While Airlines Are Profiting Again, Fliers Are Suffering

Of all the industries that have achieved record profits recently, none have posted more remarkable results than the airline industry. For the first time in a decade, the industry is on a glide path to profitability -- but it's getting there by squeezing its customers.

United, Continental See Earnings Jump on Demand for Travel

United Airlines and Continental Airlines reported healthy third-quarter earnings thanks to higher ticket prices and stronger demand for air travel. United reported earnings of $2.12 per share, excluding some items, Bloomberg News said. Continental%u2019s earnings were $2.24 a share.

United-Continental Merger Lands Execs a Big Pay Raise

Considering how often airline industry executives complain about how hard it is to run a profitable carrier, one might expect their efforts could go unrewarded -- at least monetarily. Not so at the new United Continental Holdings, where big post-merger raises are coming for top management.

Continental, United Close Merger Deal

Continental Airlines (CAL) and UAL Corp (UAUA), owner of United, closed their merger deal Friday, creating the world%u2019s largest air carrier, called United Airlines. The new holding company, United Continental Holdings, will begin trading today on the New York Stock Exchange, Reuters said.

United-Continental Merger: Good For Them, Bad For Fliers

Don't believe the fairy tales United and Continental are spinning about their proposed merger being beneficial to travelers and carriers alike: Beyond the deal to bring Southwest to Newark Airport that they cut placate the antitrust watchdogs, this merger is all bad news.

United and Continental Shareholders to Vote on Merger

Shareholders of United%u2019s parent company UAL Corp (UAUA). and Continental Airlines (CAL) will vote today on a merger deal that would create the world%u2019s biggest airline. Results of the votes are expected later today, The Associated Press reported.

U.S. Airlines Got Added Lift in August

American Airlines and Delta Air Lines both reported traffic increases for August, while Continental Airlines will recall 132 furloughed pilots, further indicating that air travel is on the rebound.

Travel Maze: Just Say No to Flying Coach

It's every business traveler's dream never to fly coach again. Nicholas Kralev's On the Fly seminar promises to make that dream a reality. In four short hours, he says he'll teach attendees how to maximize the power of their frequent flyer miles to fly in luxury on a coach-class budget.

Do Airline Mergers Make Service Worse?

The airline industry is so unprofitable that competitors try to outdo each other in giving passengers less while charging more, and mergers are only creating bigger, less service-oriented carriers.

UAL-Continental Merger Means Higher Fares and Fewer Flights...

The United-Continental megamerger raises many serious questions, not the least of which is how air passengers will be affected. The answer is simple: For the average flier, the combination will create pretty much nothing but more pain, in terms of both costs and inconvenience.

Continental-United: CEO Says No Fare Hike Planned

Worried that the merger of Continental and United Airlines will mean higher fares? That's not part of the plan, said Continental CEO Jeff Smisek. The post-merger airline is expected to add $1 billion or so to the bottom line over three years, but it plans to get there mostly by cutting costs.

Airlines Prep for Turbulent Second Quarter

Mergers, near-mergers, paralyzing winter storms, volcanic ash and new rules about the treatment of passengers could all add up to a difficult second quarter for the U.S. aviation industry. As the industry awaits Continental and United Airlines merger news Monday, insiders wonder what's next.

Volcanic Ash Ripples Through the Aviation Industry

The massive cloud of volcanic ash spewing from Iceland is doing more than creating dangerous flying conditions and stranding thousands of passengers on several continents. It's casting a pall over many parts of the economically stressed aviation industry.

Travel Maze: The Airline Extra-Fee Game

Continental is joining most other airlines in eliminating its free meals on shorter flights. Now, along with your turkey sandwich, you could be paying extra for baggage, early boarding, more legroom, and even a pillow and blanket.

Earnings Preview: United, AirTran Set to Improve

United Airlines parent UAL Corp. and AirTran Holdings will release their fourth-quarter earnings Wednesday, and both are expected to post improved results, helped by lower jet fuel costs and slower declines in demand.

Delta Narrows Loss, but Misses Estimates

Delta Air Lines reported a narrower fourth-quarter loss Tuesday, helped by lower fuel costs and declining restructuring charges, but results failed to meet Wall Street's expectations.

Continental and Southwest Back to Profitability

Continental Airlines and Southwest Airlines, the nation's largest discount carrier, posted fourth-quarter profits Thursday, helped by lower fuel costs and improved demand, but the carriers both cautioned that the sector faces more turbulence in 2010.

Earnings Preview: Southwest and Continental

Southwest and Continental report quarterly earnings Thursday with investors keen to hear if the outfits will be adding back some capacity in 2010, an indication that the worst of the industry's downturn may be behind it.