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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.

Why Airlines Hiked Fares Over the Weekend

Airlines are tossing consumers aside and grabbing the benefit of lower federal taxes on travel tickets. By Saturday night, nearly all the major U.S. airlines had raised fares to offset taxes that expired the night before.

Southwest Remains No. 1 for Airline Customer Service

The American Customer Satisfaction Index's annual report on airlines showed Southwest still on top of the rankings, and far ahead of No. 2 Continental. Southwest even improved its score, a rare bright spot in an industry that came in last overall in customer satisfaction among those the ACSI rates.

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 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.

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.

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.

Mergers Could Keep Airline Stocks Flying High

A report that United Airlines and U.S. Airways were in merger talks set off a flurry of trading. Just the hint of more consolidation in the overcrowded airline industry, with its high operations costs and notoriously low profit margins, was enough for traders to pounce at the opportunity to get ahead of a move they hope will lead to higher ticket prices and lower overall operating costs industrywide.

JAL Declares Bankruptcy as Airline Industry Woes Continue

Japan Airlines Corp. today became the millionth or so carrier to seek protection from its creditors in the last few years in Japan's fourth biggest bankruptcy. The filing came after a 900 billion yen ($10 billion) turnaround plan after four government bailouts to revive Asia's most indebted carrier failed.

Delta, Continental Up Baggage Fees

Delta and Continental are raising the fees they charge customers to check baggage to $25 for the first bag. The move underscores how the industry is trying to squeeze every nickle from the flying public. The winners in this trend? Package-delivery companies.