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What the American-US Airways Merger Will Mean for You

Now that the merger between American Airlines and US Airways is officially happening, travelers are sure to wonder how it will affect them. George Horbica, founder of Airfarewatchdog, tells us what to expect from the world's soon-to-be biggest airline.

5 Surefire Tips for Saving on Summer Air Travel

If you're one of the many people taking to the not-so-friendly skies this summer, you'll pay extra for nearly everything but the security pat down. Hoping to glide past some of that nickel and diming? Here are five foolproof tips:

7 Ways Inflation Will Hit Americans in 2012

With the economy still trying to muster a recovery, and unemployment still around 8.5%, any price increases are painful. And just a month into 2012, a spate of headlines points to more hurt ahead. Here are seven ways inflation will be digging into your wallet this year:

Watch Ads, Earn Air Miles? Yes, But It's a Long Trip

Most of us prefer to skip through commercials, or ignore them. At e-Miles, people watch loads of them, on purpose, with no actual TV shows on the schedule. In return, those viewers get airline miles, which allow them to inch their way toward cheaper air travel. So what's the catch? Read on...

Expert Tips for Racking Up Free Airline Miles

Now that summer is nearly over, you can start planning for next year's big vacation by racking up airline miles. We spoke with one expert who scored 250,000 miles in a 12-month period by opening just three cards. But his strategy isn't for everyone.

Why Priceline Is a Better Investment Now Than Expedia

Even buy-and-hold investors can't afford to let their portfolios collect cobwebs. Valuations and fundamentals change perpetually, and shareholders need to know when there's more potential for growth elsewhere. Here we take a look at some online travel agency stocks worth swapping: Expedia and Priceline.

New Travel Agent Partnership Gives Expedia an Edge

By the end of 2012, one-third of the world's travel sales will be booked online. But the majority of bookings still happen through the traditional brick-and-mortar travel agents, which is why Expedia's new Travel Agent Affiliate Program is a smart growth move for the OTA.

Expedia's AirAsia Partnership Is Just the Ticket

Expedia, the world's largest online travel agency, soon will be selling flights, hotel bookings and holiday packages in the world's fastest growing aviation and tourism market, thanks to an exclusive deal with AirAsia. Trefis takes a look at what the deal will mean for both companies.

Does Return of Private Jets Mean Recovery Is Here?

After years of growth, private business aviation went into a steep nosedive in 2008. Over the past year, the industry has made a comeback, but does its double-digit growth signal a sunny future for the aircraft industry alone, or is it a sign of brighter days ahead for the economy in general?

Expedia's Game Plan for India's Travel Market

Online travel portal Expedia began doing business in India almost two years ago, and is now scaling up operations there. By forming partnerships with local suppliers, Expedia hopes to jump to fourth place in the market in less than a year. Here's how it plans to go about it.

Airfare Bargains: How You Can Land One This Summer

Airfares are still on the rise, and the experts don't expect them to descend any time soon. But if you're flexible, sociable and Web-savvy, you could still land a bargain deal on a flight this summer.

Will Higher Airfares Ground More Flyers?

Cathay's Tony Tyler explains that when airlines last raised fares in 2008, most travelers kept right on flying. But as Mideast upheavals send oil prices skyward and airlines hike fares again to compensate, the impact on the industry's bottom line could be quite different.

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.

At Last, New Protections for Air Travelers Will Land in 2011

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is raising the bar for the treatment of airline passengers this spring. Don't expect more legroom in coach -- he's not a miracle worker -- but you will see more transparency in ticket pricing, better deals for bumped passengers, and reimbursement of luggage fees when checked bags are lost or delayed, among other changes.

Business Travelers: Prepare to Fly Southwest Airlines

With its lack of premium amenities and upgrade options, Southwest has been an airline that many business travelers try to avoid. But after it absorbs AirTran next year, those frequent fliers will have almost no choice on some routes.