air fares

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.

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?

The Latest Airline Up-Sell: Direct Flights

The next time you book a flight with a connection, keep your cellphone handy with the ringer as loud as it%u2019ll go %u2014 you could get a call for a cheap up-sell on a direct fare.

Why Fly? The Case Against Air Travel

It's bad enough that air fares and extra fees have been rising as fast as a plane taking off -- now, travelers must wonder if aircraft have been properly inspected. Are the costs, pains and risks of flying reaching the point where frequent fliers should reconsider their transportation choices?

10 Things You'll Be Paying More for This Year

Expect to pay more this year for many consumer goods -- from diapers to toothpaste to Big Macs. Just as the typical American family will finally have a few more dollars to spend, inflation will take a chunk of that extra cash.

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.

Ryanair Earnings Rise on Higher Fares

Ryanair (RYAAY), Europe%u2019s largest low-cost airline, posted a 32% jump in earnings on higher traffic and prices. The Dublin-based carrier had profit of 330.3 million euros ($461 million) in the quarter ended Sept. 30, up from 250.5 million euros a year earlier, Bloomberg News reported.

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.

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.

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.