airline fees

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.

3 More Travel Tips for Keeping the Cost of Your Flight in Check

Finding a good airfare can be tough, and if you've ever sacrificed convenience for a cheaper ticket, you may have been surprised at the hidden costs that jacked up your overall price. But those fees don't have to be a mystery -- and they're not unavoidable.

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:

Savings Experiment: How to Fly Around Pesky Airline Fees

Flying the friendly skies doesn't feel so friendly these days. What seems like a mounting list of hidden and not-so-hidden airline fees can make travelers feel like they're being taken for more than just one kind of ride. Here's a primer on how to keep fees to a minimum.

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.

Kevin Smith's Latest Airline Complaint Stings Virgin America

First, the film director was removed from a Southwest Airlines flight for being too portly. Now, a Virgin America gate attendent refused to allow Smith and his companions to board a jet, even though there were still minutes before its jetway was closed.

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.

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.